(NEXSTAR) – Some of the best-known names in the West Wing of the White House are winning top staff salaries, according to documents released by the Biden administration this week.
The White House released the Gender and Compensation Analysis for its staff on Thursday as it submitted a required annual report to Congress listing the title and salary of every White House office worker.
The administration said data shows it to be “the most diverse administration in history” and that it also has only a narrow gender pay gap among its members. staff.
Several of the most powerful members of Biden’s inner circle – Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Councilor Steve Ricchetti, Director of Legislative Affairs Louisa Terrell, Senior Councilors Mike Donilon and Cedric Richmond – are all listed as earning the top salary of $ 180,000 per year. Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Deputy Chiefs of Staff Jen O’Malley Dillon and Bruce Reed, Special Advisor Neera Tanden and several members of the National Security Team have also reached the salary limit, according to the White House.
Dozens of other influential people, including Senior Advisor Anita Dunn, are also earning six-figure salaries. On the other end of the spectrum, several advisers and junior assistants earn $ 48,000 a year, according to the White House report.
More than a dozen employees on the list receive no salary, most of them playing an advisory role to the Presidential Commission of the Supreme Court.
The average salary of women in administration is $ 93,752, while that of men is on average $ 94,639, which represents a wage gap of about 1%.
This compares to a 37% gender pay gap in President Donald Trump’s administration during his first year in office, while President Barack Obama’s pay gap was 16% at the same time as his presidency. , according to an analysis of staff salaries from the American Enterprise Institute.
“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 White House said in a statement accompanying its report to Congress.
Overall, around 60% of Biden’s White House staff are women. Women make up about 50.8% of the U.S. population, according to the 2019 U.S. Census, and they make up 47.0 percent of the labor force, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Biden signed an executive order last week to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, and hired the White House’s first chief diversity and inclusion director.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.