White House Staff Salaries Range from $0 up to $400,000

Under a law established in1995, the White House is required to inform Congress how much it pays their staff. The Obama administration has made this information available to the public in a searchable database form.

According to Yahoo News

“In total, the 457 employees make $37,776,925, for an average yearly salary of about $82,663.”

Salaries range from a $172,200 at the top to the lowest paid, who make $0. Who makes $0? The two Obama aides:

“Nathaniel Loewenthiel, is a recent Yale Law School graduate listed as “policy advisor,” while the other is Elyse Cohen, deputy director of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” fitness initiative. (A White House official notes that employees whose federal salary is $0 “may receive compensation from other sources, such as through fellowships or foundations.”)”

Our current Commander and Chief pulls in a salary of $400,000 a year. He also has access to a $150,000 expense account, a $100,000 tax free travel account, and a $20,000 entertainment budget.

Though they don’t have access to all of the presidential perks, a number of other White House staff aren’t too far behind, pulling in a little less at $172,200. In fact, 11 men and 11 women on the White House staff currently make that much.

It’s hard to say if the compensation for these government employees is too high or too low.

Value and responsibilities vary depending on the position, but in general do you think the staff is overpaid? Underpaid? Or do you trust the White House’s compensation structure and believe the staff is paid fairly?


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