Gender Pay Gap Still Exists At The White House, Official Salary Report Shows

| by Jared Keever

White House staffers earn salaries ranging from $42,000 to over $170,000, according to an official report released by the Obama administration and posted online Monday. 

MSNBC reports that since 1995, the White House has been required to report the titles and salaries of all employees to Congress each year.

The top earners all make $172,200 per year. There are 11 women and 11 men drawing salaries at that level, but a closer look at the numbers reveals that the White House is still dealing with a gender wage gap, according to the Washington Post

The Obama administration came under fire in April as the president was touring the country pushing to close the national wage gap between men and women. An article from the Washington Post that month indicated that female staffers at the White House were making anywhere from five to 12 percent less than male employees.

Jay Carney, who was the White House press secretary at the time, defended those numbers. 

"What I can tell you is that we have as an institution here have aggressively addressed this challenge, and obviously, though, at the 88 cents that you cite, that is not a hundred, but it is better than the national average," he said. "And when it comes to the bottom line that women who do the same work as men have to be paid the same, there is no question that that is happening here at the White House at every level.”

The Washington Post’s analysis of the new salary report indicates that the wage gap has grown slightly to 13 percent. The average male White House employee earns roughly $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns approximately $78,400.

That is despite President Obama’s continuing efforts to close the gap nationwide.

“This is not a women’s issue, this is a family issue,” the president said last month in Pittsburgh. “Women now bring in close to half of all income, and there are a whole lot of families out there where the woman is the primary breadwinner.”

There are 87 male staffers at the White House making over $100,000 per year compared to only 53 female employees.

Collectively, the 457 employees earn roughly $37.7 million each year. The average salary is just over $82,000, Yahoo News reports. 

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Sources: MSNBC, Washington Post (July Article), Washington Post (April Article), Salary Report, Yahoo News

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