The Scoop On How Much White House Employees Actually Make

Published on 02/12/2020
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It is true that a job in politics is not the most lucrative career choice, but it is enough to keep one comfy. Did you know that the earnings of elected officials in the US are public record? It makes sense since taxpayer money is used to pay them! Just how much do the staff at the White House make anyway?

How Much People Working At The White House Make

The Scoop On How Much White House Employees Actually Make

Donald Trump (President) — $400,000

When you work at the Oval Office, there are nice perks in terms of pay. For one thing, the president gets an annual salary of $400,000. Aside from this, CNBC also reported that the POTUS gets a yearly expense allowance of $50,000, an entertainment allowance of $19,000, and a travel account worth $100,000. This has been the annual salary of the president ever since George W. Bush was elected in 2001.

Donald Trump (President) — $400,000

Donald Trump (President) — $400,000

Mike Pence (Vice President) — $230,700

Just like his predecessor Joe Biden, Vice President Mike Pence earns $230,700 annually. This has been the salary for the position since 2010. In 2019, Pence was set to get a raise that would make it $243,500 a year, but this got frozen thanks to the government shutdown that was going on at the same time. Despite this, the veep has joked about being a thrifty man by claiming he gets two for one suits!

Mike Pence (Vice President) — $230,700

Mike Pence (Vice President) — $230,700

Mick Mulvaney (Acting Chief Of Staff) — $203,500

It is not easy to be the chief of staff to the POTUS, so it is just right that they get compensated well. Right now, not many White House staff members make over $200,000 per year. Mick Mulvaney does, however. Just like Grisham acting as the press secretary, he is the third chief of staff under the Trump administration. He took over the position in early 2019. During Obama’s term, five people held this job title during the eight years of his time in office. In 2016, Denis McDonough made $176,461.

Mick Mulvaney (Acting Chief Of Staff) — $203,500

Mick Mulvaney (Acting Chief Of Staff) — $203,500

Peter Navarro (Assistant To The President For Trade And Manufacturing Policy) — $183,000

There are 22 employees at the White House who bring home $183,000 each year under the Trump administration. Peter Navarro is one of them. This Harvard alumnus is the person the president relies on when it comes to trade and manufacturing policy. He has been on the cabinet as well as the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy from the beginning. Trump only created the agency in 2017, which means that we cannot compare his salary to any predecessor!

Peter Navarro (Assistant To The President For Trade And Manufacturing Policy) — $183,000

Peter Navarro (Assistant To The President For Trade And Manufacturing Policy) — $183,000

Lindsay Reynolds (Chief Of Staff To The First Lady) — $183,000

Did you know that the first lady has her very own staff and a person leading the team? Lindsay Reynolds is the chief of staff to Melania Trump. Lindsay Reynolds has held this position ever since 2017 after she worked as the associate director of the White House Visitor’s Office under President George W. Bush. The current staff of the FLOTUS employs 12 people, who are all under the leadership of Reynolds. When Obama was in office, Michelle Obama had Christina Tchen as her head of staff. She made $176,461 each year!

Lindsay Reynolds (Chief Of Staff To The First Lady) — $183,000

Lindsay Reynolds (Chief Of Staff To The First Lady) — $183,000

Andrew Olmem (Deputy Director Of The National Economic Council) — $168,000

In 1993, the National Economic Council was launched as an effort to provide leadership in the world of economic policy. There are a couple of employees in this current administration serving as special assistant to the POTUS for economic policy. They each get paid a minimum of $120,000 per year. However, Andrew Olmem makes a clean $168,000 as the National Economic Council deputy director. During the Obama administration, Jason Miller made $149,654 when he held the position in 2016.

Andrew Olmem (Deputy Director Of The National Economic Council) — $168,000

Andrew Olmem (Deputy Director Of The National Economic Council) — $168,000

Larry Kudlow (Director Of The National Economic Council) — $183,000

The White House salary report said that Larry Kudlow holds the title of assistant to the president in economic policy. Aside from that, he is also the director of the National Economic Council and has held this position since April 2018. He also worked during the Reagan administration and was once a CNBC host. He directs the economic policies under this president and receives $183,000 for his work. Meanwhile, Jeff Zients was paid $176,461 for this position during the Obama administration.

Larry Kudlow (Director Of The National Economic Council) — $183,000

Larry Kudlow (Director Of The National Economic Council) — $183,000

Roger L. Stone (Director Of White House Information Technology) — $168,000

How can you possibly run a workplace without a good information technology staff? The current IT director of the White House is Roger L. Stone, who gets an annual salary of $168,000. This is a position he has held since February 2019 after Chris Herndon vacated the position. Obama made this position, so it is a relatively new position at the White House. In the preceding administration, David Recordon was in charge of keeping the IT running smoothly and earned $121,752 in 2016.

Roger L. Stone (Director Of White House Information Technology) — $168,000

Roger L. Stone (Director Of White House Information Technology) — $168,000

Bethany Pritchard (Director Of White House Travel Office) — $92,400

If you ask us, it sounds like this job title should come with a higher salary. The White House travel office director, after all, is n charge of booking accommodation and making travel arrangements for the White House press corps members. These people who go on trips with officials and receive payment from different media outlets. Bethany Pritchard got this job in April 2019 after starting out as a staff assistant under Trump in 2017. Her salary is considerably higher than that of Ashley Tate-Gilmore, who made $77,625 per year in 2016 under the Obama administration.

Bethany Pritchard (Director Of White House Travel Office) — $92,400

Bethany Pritchard (Director Of White House Travel Office) — $92,400

Dominique Dansky Bari (Director Of Stenography) — $95,500

The stenography director at the White House is one of the few positions that is not driven by political affiliations. Dominique Dansky Bari has held this position under the current administration ever since 2017, but she was also the deputy director of stenography during Obama’s time in office ever since 2014. This job involves the management of the official stenographers at the White House. They are in charge of taking down notes during meetings and delivering transcripts to media outlets after events. Margaret Suntum, the director of stenography during the Obama administration, earned $117,846 in 2016. Yes, it meant that this position suffered a significant pay cut when Trump took office.

Dominique Dansky Bari (Director Of Stenography) — $95,500

Dominique Dansky Bari (Director Of Stenography) — $95,500

Rickie Niceta (Social Secretary) — $168,000

The Washington Post has dubbed the social secretary the “least controversial” position at the White House. If you ever take on this role, you will plan and execute social events held by the White House. FLOTUS Melania Trump chose Anna “Rickie” Niceta for this position because she has 20 years of experience in the field of event planning. The social secretary fetches her an annual salary of $168,000. In 2016, Deesha Dyer earned $119,723 during the Obama administration.

Rickie Niceta (Social Secretary) — $168,000

Rickie Niceta (Social Secretary) — $168,000

Stephanie Grisham (Press Secretary) — $183,000

Stephanie Grisham is basically the mouthpiece of Trump for the press. She has one of the highest incomes in the White House staff. If you have not noticed, it is not easy at all. As a matter of fact, she is the third person to have this job title under Trump. In the same year that he started his term, Sean Spicer resigned and got replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who also resigned abruptly in 2019. Grisham took over the role after her. In 2016, Josh Earnest earned $176,4651 in 2016 under Obama.

Stephanie Grisham (Press Secretary) — $183,000

Stephanie Grisham (Press Secretary) — $183,000

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner (Advisor To The President And Senior Advisor) — $0

President Trump has been praised for his leaner White House payroll, which also applies to a few of his advisors. Ivanka Trump, the first daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner hold the official titles of advisor and senior advisor, respectively. Although you will find their names on the White House salary report, you should see that they make a stunning $0 for these positions. The two of them decided to refuse a paycheck for the positions that they hold.

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner (Advisor To The President And Senior Advisor) — $0

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner (Advisor To The President And Senior Advisor) — $0

Molly Michael (Executive Assistant To The President) — $120,000

There are a number of jobs that fall under the umbrella of the Oval Office operations. Molly Michael has a very important job as the executive assistant to the president. She makes an annual salary of $120,000 as the right-hand woman of the POTUS. In the Trump administration, this is a position held by seven more people. They all get paid anything from $48,000 to $58,200 per year.

Molly Michael (Executive Assistant To The President) — $120,000

Molly Michael (Executive Assistant To The President) — $120,000

John Bolton (Assistant To The President For National Security Affairs) — $183,000

John Bolton is also in the $183k club. He was the national security advisor under Trump but chose to resign in September 2019. This job involves joining the national security council and making a report on issues about national security matters. The council is an advisory board that comes out with intelligence information. Based on 2016 records, Susan Rice was making $176,461 per year under President Obama.

John Bolton (Assistant To The President For National Security Affairs) — $183,000

John Bolton (Assistant To The President For National Security Affairs) — $183,000

Anne LeHardy (Director Of Media Operations For The Office Of The First Lady) — $72,700

The Office of the First Lady is also called East Wing by some. It comes with its own staff members, such as communications officials. In 2018, Anne LeHardy began to serve as the communications coordinator for Melania Trump after working in the private sector. The White House salary report of 2019 had LeHardy on it as the director of media operations to the first lady. She makes a tidy sum of $72,700. No one in the Obama administration held this title, but Joanna Rosholm did hold the position of deputy communications director to Michelle Obama in 2016. She earned $78,124 each year for this job.

Anne LeHardy (Director Of Media Operations For The Office Of The First Lady) — $72,700

Anne LeHardy (Director Of Media Operations For The Office Of The First Lady) — $72,700

Lee Ann Clark (Chief Calligrapher) — $99,400

Can you believe that there are calligraphers making a lot of money for such a skill in this day and age? There are three calligraphers working at the White House at the moment, and the least-paid earns an annual salary of $72,800. Lee Ann Clark takes home $99,400 per each year. Her writing is used in official certificates, name cards, programs, invitations, and more documents. The Obama administration also had three calligraphers as part of the staff. In 2016, the highest paid one earned $100,110 a year!

Lee Ann Clark (Chief Calligrapher) — $99,400

Lee Ann Clark (Chief Calligrapher) — $99,400

Sean Doocey (Director Of Presidential Personnel) — $168,000

When there is a position that has to be filled, it is up to the Presidential Personnel Office staff to vet possible candidates before they make recommendations for candidates that the U.S. Senate might have to confirm. The director of the PPO earns $168,000 each year, and Sean Doocey showed how much power his role has by rejecting 2 candidates Trump nominated for the position of Homeland Security secretary. During the Obama administration, Rodin Mehrbani made $172,200 for the same position.

Sean Doocey (Director Of Presidential Personnel) — $168,000

Sean Doocey (Director Of Presidential Personnel) — $168,000

Frank Walsh (Ethics Counsel) — $151,633

When you give the president legal advice when it comes to ethics, you will get a big salary. There are two lawyers on the payroll under Trump who hold the position of ethics counsel. Frank Walsh, a graduate of Georgetown Law, earns more than his colleague. He was a former U.S. Army Reserve judge advocate and worked as an ethics counsel for the United States Agency for International Development. Under Obama, there were also two ethics counsel, the higher paid of whom made $123,406 in 2016.

Frank Walsh (Ethics Counsel) — $151,633

Frank Walsh (Ethics Counsel) — $151,633

Jessica Ditto (Deputy Director of Communications) — $168,000

The communications staff is incredibly valuable in a political office. It makes sense that the White House has one! Jessica Ditto started working under Trump in 2016 during his presidential campaign. When he took office in 2017, she began to serve as the deputy director of communications. She is paid a yearly salary of $168,000. Meanwhile, Adam Kennedy made $158,000 in the same position under Trump. In 2016, Jennifer Psaki received $174,714 for holding the same position under the Obama administration.

Jessica Ditto (Deputy Director of Communications) — $168,000

Jessica Ditto (Deputy Director of Communications) — $168,000

Dana Hurtik (Acting Director Of White House Visitors Office) — $95,800

As one of the most famous residences on the planet, the White House is visited by many tourists each year. The White House Visitors Office is responsible for hosting tours and looking after the facility of the building. Dana Hurtik became the acting director of the White House Visitors Office in 2017 and has been making $95,800 by 2019. When Obama was in office, Ellie Schafer had the same job. In 2016, she earned $116,679 for all of her efforts.

Dana Hurtik (Acting Director Of White House Visitors Office) — $95,800

Dana Hurtik (Acting Director Of White House Visitors Office) — $95,800

Samuel Brown (Senior Videographer) — $72,700

When you work at the White House, there are many things to record on video. Under Trump, the White House has two videographers on the payroll. One of them is Samuel Brown, who is the White House senior videographer and earns a $72,700 yearly salary. Another videographer, on the other hand, earns $64,400. Back when Obama was in power, Hope Hall was the sole videographer on the White House staff. In 2016, she was compensated $76,095 per year for capturing important moments.

Samuel Brown (Senior Videographer) — $72,700

Samuel Brown (Senior Videographer) — $72,700

Brittany Baldwin And Theodore Royer (Speechwriter) — $120,000

The Trump staff comes with 4 speechwriters, including Theodore Royer and Brittany Baldwin. They earn $120,000 a year, which is the highest compensation for these employees. The two of them ensure that the POTUS will be able to deliver thoughtful remarks during speaking engagements. In 2016, there were 9 speechwriters on the Obama staff, and their yearly salary was anywhere from $42,613 to $176,461.

Brittany Baldwin And Theodore Royer (Speechwriter) — $120,000

Brittany Baldwin And Theodore Royer (Speechwriter) — $120,000

Hannah Zakaria (West Wing Receptionist) — $48,800

When you go through the 2019 White House payroll, you will see that there are 60 staff members who make below $50,000 a year. One of them was Hannah Zakaria, a West Wing receptionist. She got her start as a White House intern back in September 2018. Three months after that, she got upgraded to this current role. This position went to Leah Katz=Hernandez under the Obama administration. In 2016, her annual pay was even lower at $48,000.

Hannah Zakaria (West Wing Receptionist) — $48,800

Hannah Zakaria (West Wing Receptionist) — $48,800

Kellyanne Conway (Assistant To The President And Senior Counselor) — $183,000

While a lot of the staff members are named assistant to the president, Kellyanne Conway is the only one who is called the senior counselor. She has been working with Trump since the early days of his campaign, and her efforts have been rewarded! She brings home $183,000 each year. Obama had no senior counselor on his staff, so there is no one to whom we can compare her salary. However, it is clear that this is a position valued by the POTUS since she is among the top-paid members on the payroll.

Kellyanne Conway (Assistant To The President And Senior Counselor) — $183,000

Kellyanne Conway (Assistant To The President And Senior Counselor) — $183,000

John Czwartacki (Senior Adviser to the Chief of Staff for Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement) – $239,595

While it is pretty rare for an assistant to earn more than their own boss in the government, it is possible. As the senior adviser to the chief of staff for strategy and stakeholder engagement, John Czwartacki earns $239,595 each year. As a matter of fact, he is the top-paid White House staffer at the moment!

John Czwartacki

John Czwartacki

Stephen Miller (Senior Advisor for Policy) – $183,000

Stephen Miller is the assistant to the president as well as the senior advisor for policy. He earns $183,000 each year. He wrote the first State of the Union address for Trump, but he is more famous for being behind the tough immigration policy stance of this administration. He also pushed the agenda to finance a wall at the Mexican border. Many would call him the right-hand man of the current POTUS.

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Former Press Secretary) – $183,000

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the former press secretary and earned $183,000 each year. She was the public voice of the White House. She is best known for telling investigators that she made false statements knowingly. In 2019, she stepped down from the role and got replaced by Stephanie Grisham.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Mercedes Schlapp (Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications) – $183,000

Mercedes Schlapp worked for the communications team upon joining the White House staff in 2017. She now earns a yearly salary of $183,000. In 2020, an announcement was made to let us know that she planned to leave the role so that she can focus on the reelection campaign of the POTUS.

Mercedes Schlapp

Mercedes Schlapp

Brooke Rollins (Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives) – $183,000

Brooke Rollins is a prison reform activist who works with Trump to apply “private sector solutions to the nation’s problems.” As the assistant for strategic initiatives, she brings home a yearly salary of $183,000!

Brooke Rollins

Brooke Rollins

Pasquale Cipollone (Counsel to the President) – $183,000

Pasquale Cipollone earns a yearly salary of $183,000 to advise the President on legal matters. He was the replacement for Don McGahn. The former White House counsel who resigned after finding out that the White House planned to use him as a scapegoat for the potential obstruction of justice allegations against Trump. On top of that, McGhan also refused to prosecute both James Comey and Hilary Clinton.

Pasquale Cipollone

Pasquale Cipollone

Emma Doyle (Deputy Chief of Staff) – $183,000

Emma Doyle is the deputy chief of staff and assistant to the President. She earns $183,000 per year. At 31 years old, she is one of the youngest members of the White House staff. She previously worked as the chief of staff to Mick Mulvaney when he was the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Emma Doyle

Emma Doyle

Madeleine Westerhout (Director of Oval Office Operations) – $145,000

Madeleine Westerhout is the director of Oval Office operations and a special assistant to the president. She brings home $145,000 each year. In 2017, she began serving as the special assistant to Trump and earned $95,000 per year back then. In August 2019, she got fired after the POTUS found out that she talked to reporters about the Oval Office operations and Trump family at an off-the-record dinner.

Madeleine Westerhout

Madeleine Westerhout

Nicole Frazier (Director of Strategic Partnerships & African American Outreach) – $106,000

As the director of strategic partnerships & African American outreach, Nicole Frazier makes $106,000 a year. In 2019, she was hired to take on the role that was formerly held by Omarosa Manigault Newman, who got sacked in 2017.

Nicole Frazier

Nicole Frazier

Christopher Liddell (Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination) – $30,000

It turned out that not everyone working at the White House earns a huge salary. As the assistant to the president as well as the policy coordination deputy chief of staff, Christopher Liddell only makes $30,000 each year. According to the official White House site, he works on “overseeing the Administration’s efforts to streamline the Federal Government’s regulatory process and modernize its technology systems.” He has the lowest salary among the staff members of the White House.

Christopher Liddell

Christopher Liddell

Andrew P. Bremberg (Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy) – $179,700

Andrew Bremberg is the current nominee to represent the United States to the European Office of the United Nations. He makes $179,700 per year. Before he started working under Trump, he served as the counsel on nominations and policy advisor for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. At one point, he was also the policy director to Scott Walker, former Wisconsin Governor, when he ran for president.

Andrew P. Bremberg

Andrew P. Bremberg

John J. DeStefano (Counselor) – $179,700

John DeStefano is the assistant to the President and counselor from 2018 until 2019. He made $179,700 for overseeing intergovernmental affairs. He joined the staff as the Director of Presidential Personnel but stepped down in May 2019 so that he can work as an adviser to Juul, the e-cigarette company.

John J. DeStefano

John J. DeStefano

Emmet T. Flood (Special Counsel to the President) – $179,700

Emmet Flood was the interim White House Counsel to Trump from October 2018 until December 2018. He took over after the resignation of Don McGahn. He is now the Special Counsel to the POTUS and brings home a yearly salary of $179,700.

Emmet T. Flood

Emmet T. Flood

Jason D. Greenblatt (Special Representative for International Negotiations) – $179,700

Jason Greenblatt serves as the assistant to the President as well as the special representative for international negotiations. He earns a yearly salary of $179,700. He was once the chief legal officer and executive vice president of the Trump Organization. The POTUS made his current position for him!

Jason D. Greenblatt

Jason D. Greenblatt

Joseph W. Hagin (Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations) – $179,700

Joseph Hagin was the assistant to Trump as well as his deputy chief of staff for operations from 2017 to 2018. He made $179,700 each year. That aside, he also worked for George W. Bush from 2001 to 2008.

Joseph W. Hagin

Joseph W. Hagin

John. F. Kelly (Chief of Staff) – $179,700

John Kelly is a member of the Caliburn International board of directors and former general at the U.S. Marine Corps. Kelly worked as the chief of staff at the White House under Trump from 2017 to 2019. He made a yearly salary of $179,700.

John. F. Kelly

John. F. Kelly

Marcia L. Kelly (Director of the Office of Administration) – $179,700

Marcia Kelly works as the assistant to the President as well as the director of the administration office. Her yearly compensation is $179,700. In 2016, she first entered the White House. She also used to be the director of operations for the 2016 RNC convention held in Cleveland, Ohio.

Marcia L. Kelly

Marcia L. Kelly

Derek S. Lyons (Staff Secretary) – $179,700

Derek Lyons works as the staff secretary as well as the assistant to the president. He started serving as the staff secretary at the White House in 2018. He brings home a yearly salary of $179,700. He previously worked as general counsel and deputy staff secretary for Sen. Rob Portman.

Derek S. Lyons

Derek S. Lyons

Donald F. McGahn II (Counsel to the President) – $179,700

Donald McGhan was the White House counsel for Trump from 2016 until 2018. Before he resigned, he used to earn a salary of $179,700 in that position. Prior to his time at the White House, he spent over 5 years on the Federal Election Commission.

Donald F. McGahn II

Donald F. McGahn II

Mira R. Ricardel (Deputy National Security Advisor) – $179,700

Mira Ricardel is the assistant to the President as well as deputy national security adviser. Her yearly salary at the White House was $179,700. However, her time there was not very long as she only spent less than a year in that role. First Lady Melania Trump requested for her to get fired!

Mira R. Ricardel

Mira R. Ricardel

Brooke L. Rollins (Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives) – $179,700

Brooke Rollins is currently serving as the assistant to the president for strategic initiatives. She makes $179,700 per year. This lawyer used to be the CEO and president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation from 2003 until 2018. It was a free-market think tank based in Austin.

Brooke L. Rollins

Brooke L. Rollins

Daniel J. Scavino (Director of Social Media) – $179,700

Daniel Scavino, an assistant to the president as well as the director of social media, earns $179,700 each year. It turned out that he is the person behind the Twitter posts of the POTUS! Before this, he used to serve as the Trump National Golf Club Westchester general manager.

Daniel J. Scavino

Daniel J. Scavino

Marc T. Short (Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs) – $179,700

At the moment, Marc Short works as the chief of staff to the current veep, Mike Pence. Before this, he was the White House Director of Legislative Affairs for the POTUS and earned $179,700 per year.

Marc T. Short

Marc T. Short

Robert B. Blair (Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff) – $183,000

Robert Blair is the senior adviser to the chief of staff as well as an assistant to the president. He makes $183,000 per year. He was once the national security programs associate director at the Office of Management and Budget.

Robert B. Blair

Robert B. Blair

John A. Eisenberg (Legal Advisor to the National Security Council) – $183,000

John Eisenberg currently holds the title of legal advisor to the National Security Council and deputy counsel to the president for national security affairs. He makes $183,000 each year. Before his tenure at the White House, he used to be a partner at the law firm called Kirkland & Ellis.

John A. Eisenberg

John A. Eisenberg

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