The annual White House employee payroll report was released on July 1. The Biden administration’s first payroll tally showed significant changes from the Trump administration and revealed the most expensive payroll in White House history with 22 employees earning $ 180,000 per year.
Most notable was the significant increase of 190 additional employees – for a total of 567 White House employees. Additionally, Biden’s White House significantly reduced the gender pay gap to around 1% compared to Trump’s 37% gender pay gap.
In addition to the increase in the number of employees, Biden’s combined four-year payroll could exceed $ 200 million throughout his presidency. This is a large increase from the payrolls of previous administrations of $ 164.3 million (Trump, 2017 – 2020) and $ 188.5 million (Obama, 2009 – 2012).
These employees earn $ 180,000 per year
The annual salary report details the names of staff members and associated salaries, which will cost U.S. taxpayers $ 49.6 million this year. The 22 employees who earn $ 180,000 per year contribute to this amount. Here is the list of the highest paid staff members according to the annual report to Congress:
- Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary
- Ron Klain, Chief of Staff
- Neera Tanden, Senior Advisor
- Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor
- Cédric Richmond, Senior Advisor to the President
- Susan Rice, Domestic Policy Advisor
- Louisa Terrell, Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs
- Anthony Bernal, Assistant to the President and Advisor to the First Lady
- Kate Bedingfield, White House Communications Director
- Jen O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Chief of Staff
- Brian Deese, head of the National Economic Council
- Mike Donilon, Senior Advisor to the President
- Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor
- Anne E. Filipic, Director of the Office of Administration
- AnnMarie Tomasini, Director of Oval Office Operations
- Jonathan J. Finer, Deputy Senior National Security Advisor
- Elizabeth D. Sherwood-Randall, Homeland Security Advisor
- Dana A. Remus, White House Advisor
- Cathy Russell, Director of the Presidential Staff Office
- Julissa Reynoso, Chief of Staff to the First Lady
- Steve Ricchetti, Advisor to the President
- Bruce Reed, Assistant to the President
The two best employees with the highest salary
The highest paid staff members are Molly Groom, the Immigration Policy Advisor, with a salary of $ 185,656, and Elizabeth Hone, the Senior Broadband Policy Advisor, who will earn $ 183,164 this year.
Increase in staff
Using OpenTheBooks.com as a resource, we compared several key metrics between the Trump and Biden administrations based on their first year as president.
- In their early years, Melania Trump employed five staff while Dr Jill Biden currently employs 12 dedicated staff.
- Trump and Biden also had 22 assistants to the president
- Biden has 567 White House employees compared to Trump’s 377.
Gender of staff and pay gaps
Fifty-six percent of President Joe Biden’s senior executives in the White House are women, 36% of whom are from various ethnic and racial backgrounds, according to Fox News.
According to the Payroll Report, men receive an average salary of $ 94,639 per year, while women receive an average of $ 93,752. That’s a roughly 1% gender pay gap for the Biden administration. The American Enterprise Institute analyzed the pay gap and found that President Trump reported a 37% gender pay gap, and President Obama reported a 16% pay gap in their early years.
Along with the report to Congress, the White House issued the following statement:
“In keeping with the President’s commitment to diversity and pay equity, the White House has taken important steps to ensure that White House staff reflect the country’s diversity and the highest standards. economic and social justice for all. “
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up about 50.8% of the overall United States population and make up 47% of the labor force. This coincides with President Biden’s executive order signed last week to hire the first chief diversity and inclusion director to advance diversity, accessibility, equity and inclusion.
In 1995, Congress required the White House to submit an annual report on staff salaries on July 1 of each year.