"There's almost no internal politics in the place," a palace source tells PEOPLE

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All the Queen’s men and women are a generally healthy and happy bunch despite earning less than many of their peers.

Staffers, whose average salary of $37,800 is under the national average of $40,900, take fewer sick days – 5.8 per year – than the national U.K. average of 6.6, palace officials revealed this week.

In Downton Abbey fashion, some of the 497 staffers – especially footmen and maids – live in. There is a gym in the Royal Mews and doctors on site, a well-being program, a soccer club and cricket, a palace source explains.

“There’s almost no internal politics in the place,” the source says, “because you can’t have the top job – because you’re not born to it, and we know who the successor is.”

(That would be Prince Charles, for those keeping track.)

“At the end of the day, you do your very best to serve the Queen, and that seems to make for a very healthy organization,” the source adds.

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And if you want to join, jobs are regularly posted on the palace website – the Queen’s team recently advertised for a chauffeur at a $37,000 salary.

At the top end, senior executives like Sir Alan Reid, the Keeper of the Privy Purse who revealed the latest finances Tuesday, gets $355,000 of salary and pension. The Queen’s Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt earns about $260,000 in salary and pension payments.

Salary payments accounted for $29.35 million in expenditures in the last year.

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