WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – Women make up 60% of White House staff appointed by President Joe Biden, while people from diverse racial or ethnic communities make up 44%, the White House released an annual report on Thursday on staff at Congress.

The White House said the report – which includes the names, titles and salaries of all political appointments – showed the Biden administration to be the most diverse in U.S. history, in accordance with the commitment of the Democratic president to build an administration that looks like America.

The report also showed a gender pay gap of just under 1%, with women earning an average of $ 93,752, while men earning $ 94,639.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Chief of Staff Ron Klain are among the highest paid, earning a salary of $ 180,000 a year, as is Elizabeth Hone, a longtime Federal Communications Commission lawyer hired as a special broadband advisor, who receives $ 183,164 per year. .

The administration hired 1,500 presidential appointees across the federal government in the first 100 days of its tenure, double the number hired by any previous administration during that period.

The Biden administration’s “roughly equal” pay for women and men contrasts sharply with the former Trump administration, which had a 20% gender pay gap, the Obama administration, which had a gender pay gap gender pay of 11% during his final year in office.

The Pew Research Center reported in May that the overall pay gap between women and men in the United States was around 16%, meaning it would take an average woman 42 additional working days per year to earn what a man has done.

Women and people of color are slightly less represented in the 59 senior White House executives, with women accounting for 56% and people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds accounting for 36%.

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Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by David Gregorio

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