Midland MPs have rejected proposals to increase their pay.
A Hous of Commons review suggested MPs should receive a rise, taking them from the current £65,738 to £68,952 – three times the national average salary.
And it raised the possibility of increases all the way up to £91,936, four times what the average full time worker earns.
But the proposal was rejected by Birmingham MPs, who said voters would not accept politicians taking pay rises in such a grave financial climate.
John Hemming (Lib Dem, Yardley) said: "The country is in a deep economic crisis and these are not the circumstances in which it would be sensible to increase MPs’ pay."
The review, carried out by Commons watchdog the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), also suggested MPs with outside sources of income, such as those who are directors of businesses, might receive lower salaries.
This could include Mr Hemming, an entrepreneur whose business John Hemming & Co LLP made a taxable profit of £130,228 in 2010/11.
He said: "I would not object, as long as there is no suggestion I am not doing a full-time job as an MP. If you look at the time I spend on my duties as an MP, it is well above average."
Labour MP Jack Dromey (Lab Erdington) also rejected the suggestion of a pay rise.
He said: "MPs should lead by example and in tough times, claiming four times the average salary of our constituents would be wrong."
But he said it was important MPs were able to employ staff to allow them to serve the rising number of people who came to them for help, even if this led to higher costs.
There have been calls from some MPs for pay to be hiked in line with roles such as GPs, headteachers or police chiefs.
But the IPSA said a link to other jobs "faced many obstacles, including political pressures to avoid increases".