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White House salary information released

By Ed O'Keefe

The hours are long, the location is choice, and the pay is varied for West Wing staffers.

More than 460 White House employees are paid a combined $38.7 million in salary, according to White House payroll statistics released Thursday as part of an annual report to Congress. Salaries changed little from 2009 because President Obama -- who makes $400,000 annually -- froze the pay of top officials this year.

West Wing pay ranged from $21,000 for a part-time worker to nearly $180,000. Salary was set at $172,200 for 23 senior aides, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, White House Counsel Robert Bauer, Speechwriter Jon Favreau, White House energy and climate adviser Carol M. Browner and Susan Sher, chief of staff for first lady Michelle Obama. Two health-care policy “detailees,” Michael M. Hash and Timothy P. Love, earned $179,700.

Down the scale, Emanuel deputy Robert L. Nabors makes $162,500; top health-care policy adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle, $158,500; and White House ethics lawyer Norm Eisen, $149,000.

Deputy directors, senior policy analysts, lawyers and "shift leaders" have upper-five-figure salaries. The director of online engagement makes $70,000, while the director of Hispanic media nets $78,000.

Most rank-and-file staff members make between $40,000 and $60,000, including staff assistants, staff secretaries, legislative aides and employees dubbed "vetter" or "media monitor."

Three people -- an adviser, a policy adviser and a special assistant -- work for free.

The White House employs 17 fewer people than last year, records show. The list includes salary information for the Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council, but Vice President Biden and his staff are not included in the report.

Review the salaries then leave your thoughts in the comments section below

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Great data, great presentation tool, terrible implementation.

Can you configure the table so we can see all columns without scrolling?

Posted by: kcx7 | July 1, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

kcx7, it's Ed here -- The Eye. Sadly no, can't configure it differently, Socrata would have to find a way to squeeze all the info into the width of the blog.

You can see the full tables and stretch them out by visiting http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2010

Posted by: Ed O'Keefe | July 1, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

this is so poorly written. what is meant by "take home," or "net?" i assume they mean gross pay, ie, before taxes etc?

Posted by: WillieDCLA | July 2, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

There is a poor interpretation of the data. The average salary given is $84,0000.00, which is not high by Washington standards for government employees, but is not mentioned. Also, there is no comparison with the last year of the Bush administration, either with the total number of white house employees, or the average salary for those employees.

This article seems to be set up for shock value, rather than for information or news.

Posted by: LeeH1 | July 2, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Nobody in the public sector should be making nearly $200,000 a year aside from the president and vice president. These are public service jobs for God's sake!

Posted by: Dnordgre | July 2, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Nobody in the public sector should be making nearly $200,000 a year aside from the president and vice president. These are public service jobs for God's sake!"

These people could all make more in the private sector. We are getting a bargain, so pipe down.

Posted by: Dwarf_Sidious | July 2, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

These numbers are all before special interest bribes, right?

Isn't it interested that a guy like Rahm Emanuel has become a multimillionaire without ever holding down a private sector job -- except a few months as an "investment banker" and all that cash he got from Freddie Mac?

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 2, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"This article seems to be set up for shock value, rather than for information or news."

dude what is your problem.

go crawl back under a bridge, really.

Posted by: dubya1938 | July 2, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"this is so poorly written. what is meant by "take home," or "net?" i assume they mean gross pay, ie, before taxes etc?"

The only way to know what someone's net (after taxes, donations, etc.) salary is if THEY tell you. Or you're an IRS agent and authorized to look--but an IRS agent is not permitted to tell.

These are their salaries. Their gross. The information that is available to the public provided you fill out the correct form.

Posted by: Skowronek | July 2, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

WHAT THE HELL???

Patricia G. McGinnis is listed as working for the administration! She writes for the Washington Post! When has this ever been disclosed?!?

The Washington Post is the slimiest, most corrupt, most partisan rag this side of the Taliban Times.

Here's what McGinnis wrote in the Post:

" Viewing the defeat of health-care reform as the "Waterloo" for Obama, the opposition party has shamelessly fanned the flames of misinformation and fear. But this should have come as no surprise to the president, his hill savvy staff or top notch cabinet. The case for their ambitious agenda, including health care reform, is quite compelling but we did not hear it--clearly and repeatedly--as we might have from Reagan or as we surely heard the drum beat of negative anti-reform slogans.

I give President Obama high marks for his policy choices: to stabilize the economy; to regulate the banks; to tackle the rising cost of health care and gaps in coverage; to improve the lagging educational achievement of our public schools; to create a market for alternative energy sources; to insist on exit strategies from Iraq and Afghanistan; to improve the sharing and use of information about security threats to our homeland, and to collaborate actively with the UN and other nations to respond to disasters such as the unbelievably terrible earthquake in Haiti.

President Obama is calm under pressure. He has risen to every challenge by calling on his excellent leadership team, considering a variety of perspectives and digging in to understand the implications of the choices he makes. He has worked hard and taken his responsibilities as president quite seriously. In doing so, he has neglected his strength as a great communicator in order to focus more in-depth on policy."

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 2, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

They should be paid more; $84,000 ($38.7 million / 460) a year in the DC area isn't an extravagant salary at all, especially when you consider how high-profile and pressure-packed some of these jobs are.

Posted by: mddave | July 2, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Everybody in the White House should have 10% of their salary put into an escrow account that they only can get after the unemployment rate drops below the promised 8% level.

Posted by: the5wins | July 2, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Along with posting salaries why dont you post how many of them have advanced degrees and decades of experience!! Its absolutely ridiculous to compare salaries without knowing what someone did or did not do to EARN a salary. While you're at it why don't you post what someone with their level of experience and education would make in the private sector.

Posted by: workingmother | July 2, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

why would elite left-wing liberals made that much?? Should they earned less than the poor?

Posted by: Rockvillers | July 2, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's what McGinnis wrote in the Post:

" Viewing the defeat of health-care reform as the "Waterloo" for Obama, the opposition party has shamelessly fanned the flames of misinformation and fear. But this should have come as no surprise to the president, his hill savvy staff or top notch cabinet. The case for their ambitious agenda, including health care reform, is quite compelling but we did not hear it--clearly and repeatedly--as we might have from Reagan or as we surely heard the drum beat of negative anti-reform slogans.

I give President Obama high marks for his policy choices: to stabilize the economy; to regulate the banks; to tackle the rising cost of health care and gaps in coverage; to improve the lagging educational achievement of our public schools; to create a market for alternative energy sources; to insist on exit strategies from Iraq and Afghanistan; to improve the sharing and use of information about security threats to our homeland, and to collaborate actively with the UN and other nations to respond to disasters such as the unbelievably terrible earthquake in Haiti.

President Obama is calm under pressure. He has risen to every challenge by calling on his excellent leadership team, considering a variety of perspectives and digging in to understand the implications of the choices he makes. He has worked hard and taken his responsibilities as president quite seriously. In doing so, he has neglected his strength as a great communicator in order to focus more in-depth on policy."

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 2, 2010 1:31 PM | Report

That is truly "hurl-worthy"!

Posted by: bmorrison5 | July 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Why are we paying 175,000.00 for an advisor for the first lady???? She is nothing more than the wife of the president. She is not elected and should HAVE NO STAFF....

Posted by: askgees | July 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The florist was not listed. I would love to know what she makes!

Posted by: wisepat | July 2, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

They certainly deserve a lot more than they are getting.

Thank you, White House staffers, for your hard work and long hours repairing the damage from eight years of incompetence and corruption under George Bush!


A new poll of leading presidential scholars ranks Barack Obama as the 15th best president of the United States, just below Bill Clinton but ahead of Ronald Reagan.

(in case you were wondering, George W. Bush was ranked 39th- that is, ONE OF THE FIVE WORST).

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/39283.html#ixzz0sSdT8jAt

Posted by: losthorizon10 | July 2, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they just updated the Web site, but Patricia McGinnis' Washington Post blog postings currently have an introduction that says she is:

Former President and CEO of The Council for Excellence in Government, McGinnis teaches leadership at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and advises the White House on leadership programs for presidential appointees.

Posted by: mddave | July 2, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

There is a poor interpretation of the data. The average salary given is $84,0000.00, which is not high by Washington standards for government employees, but is not mentioned. Also, there is no comparison with the last year of the Bush administration, either with the total number of white house employees, or the average salary for those employees.
This article seems to be set up for shock value, rather than for information or news.
Posted by: LeeH1 | July 2, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse
How about you go find the data then you lazy LIB T@RD.. Always complaining but never doing. This is the motto you @zz holes should adopt…

Posted by: askgees | July 2, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

why would elite left-wing liberals made that much?? Should they earned less than the poor?

Posted by: Rockvillers | July 2, 2010 1:57 PM
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Hmmmm, maybe because they can write an intelligent sentence?

Posted by: kbockl | July 2, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

askgees, she may be the First Lady, but that doesn't mean she isn't called upon to do things in an official capacity. As long as that's the case, she will continue to need support from advisors and a staff.

Posted by: mddave | July 2, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the average pay, I think I'll stick to the private sector, thank you very much.

Posted by: xSamplex | July 2, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

first the 'conservative' weigel gets fired and then becomes an msnbc contributor for bath tub boy; and then the wa post gets busted! when is the wa post going to come clean about Patricia McGinnis, you have been violating your own ethics policy!!! your paper is nothing more than a shill for obama and his regime, might as well be reading newsweek!

Posted by: jlburr | July 2, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

Nobody works for free

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

.

Posted by: kstobbe1 | July 3, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

WHERE ARE THE CZARS SALARIES? I heard they are all at 6 figures. Where are the Flotus staff figures are they in here too? Why doesn't this article or the white house clarify who's staff this is?

Posted by: jaclk | July 3, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Sahit Muja, New York
Striking contrast between The US President Barack Obama world leaders and US public is growing as US Presidents have not clear plan to restrain government spending.
The world leaders have pledged to reduce government deficits in richer countries in half by 2013.
Leaders of 20 major industrial and developing countries generally agreed with cutting spending despite warnings from The US President Barack Obama that too much austerity too quickly could choke off the global recovery.
World's major economies have committed to fiscal plans that will at least halve deficits by 2013 and stabilize or reduce government debt-to-GDP ratios by 2016.German Chancellor Angela Merkel called budget cuts "urgently necessary".
In the most striking contrast, the US President Barack Obama have pledged to spend more.
Leaders need to change the concept of government worldwide to a new real meaning of what the government must do.
Serve the people.
The US and the world need to reduce the deficit and impose fiscal restraint on government spending.
But when you raise taxes and you still expand the deficit that is insanity. That will bankrupt any nation. The American way of life needs to be rebalanced. Households need to stop spending what they don't have. Local and state governments need to slash their budgets to live off whatever tax revenues they generate.
The federal government in the U.S simply has to say no to congressional pet projects. No to the countries who laugh as they spend our money - and most of all to failing social programs and corporations who lobby their way into getting taxpayers to foot the bill for their greed and shortsightedness.
President Obama is losing the public trust. His political belief is no longer accepted by the public. He is losing the trust and the patience of the American people. President Obama is headed to a profound, failed, one-term presidency.
Trust in a country's institutions and leaders is a key to success. All evidence indicates that trust contributes to economic, political and social success
The drop in trust of Washington Politician, I believe, is a major factor behind the deteriorating economic conditions in the US. As trust of American people declines in The US government and President Obama, so does Americans’ willingness to invest and create more jobs.
Sahit Muja
President & CEO
Albanian Minerals
New York

Posted by: sammuja | July 4, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Hello...

Notice that the top salary is $172,200 per year. That is David Axelrod. These salaries are set by law. The Administration has little control over it. And BTW, most of these people can easily double, triple or more their pay in the private sector, just ask all of the other ex-officials from previous administrations, Demo or Repub... when they leave the Whitehouse, that is when they really start making money.

This whole thing is not newsworthy. But the press likes it because they can sell papers and the opposition party tries to make an issue out of a total non-issue.

Welcome to America...land of the midnless sound-bite.

Posted by: Severus | July 5, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

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