Our Tax Dollars in White House Salaries
|Obama Makes $400,000/yr|
According to the White House’s salary list, Obama and most senior staff did not get a pay raise last year. The annual White House payroll though is a whopping $39 million. As of this year, the salary list, which it reports to Congress yearly, was also made available online. This was the first year this was done. Aside from the vice president’s office, which is technically an arm of the U.S. Senate, the salary list itemizes the salary and title of every employee in the White House. Obama’s personal salary is not included in the salary list, which is $400,000 yearly, but is regulated by Congress. The White House now employees a staggering 469 people. This number is down 17 positions from last year, 2009.
From 2009 to this year, there was little change, since Obama had capped all salaries of those making more than $100,000 yearly. Allegedly, salaries in the White House range from $21,000 to about $180,000
Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Twenty-three top aides, press secretary Robert Gibbs, speechwriter Jon Favreau, White House counsel Bob Bauer and senior advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, make the top full-time staff salary of $172,200. (Two health-care policy “detailees” — Michael Hash and Timothy Love — make $179,700.) By comparison, Vice President Joe Biden makes roughly $230,000 a year, according to Senate records.
White House social director Juliana Smoot makes $150,000, which is $37,000 more than her predecessor, Desiree Rogers, who left the administration not long after a scandal involving party-crashers at a state dinner in December. Former Duke basketball star Reggie Love still makes just over $100,000 as President Obama’s body man. Not on the list: actor Kal Penn, who left his job in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement on June 1 to film the third sequel in the “Harold & Kumar” film series.
Most so-called rank-and-file members of the White House staff pull in an average income between $40,000 and $60,000 — including dozens of “staff assistants,” press aides, analysts and researchers. Only three people are listed as working for free.