White House releases staff salaries showing narrowed gender pay gap

White House releases staff salaries showing narrowed gender pay gap
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The White House on Thursday released its annual staff report to Congress, revealing the salaries of scores of West Wing employees.

In an accompanying fact sheet, the White House said that a majority of its staff — 60 percent — are women and about 44 percent come from racially or ethnically diverse communities. The White House also said that among senior staff, 56 percent are women and 36 percent are from racially or ethnically diverse communities.

White House employees who are male make just slightly more than their female counterparts, with men earning $94,639 on average annually and women earning $93,752 on average annually, the White House said. 

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The executive branch has been required to submit a report to Congress listing titles and salaries for each White House staffer since 1995. 

Among the highest earners in the Biden White House are chief of staff Ron KlainRon KlainHouse is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package White House welcomes fight with GOP governors over vaccine mandates Second Qatar Airways plane arrives in Kabul after 200 passengers left Thursday MORE, deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon, economic adviser Brian DeeseBrian DeeseOn The Money — Yellen sounds alarm on national default Biden officials raise concerns about rising meat prices The Hill's 12:30 Report - Supreme Court resumes in-person oral arguments MORE, senior adviser Mike DonilonMike DonilonChanging Joe Biden's mind is no easy task Steve Ricchetti is Biden's right-hand man in Senate White House sends memo to Democrats touting polling on infrastructure deal MORE, counselor Steve RicchettiSteve RicchettiChanging Joe Biden's mind is no easy task DNC members grow frustrated over increasing White House influence The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - McConnell plays 'long game' on government funding, reconciliation MORE, legislative affairs director Lousia Terrell, press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE, and senior adviser Neera TandenNeera TandenCapito grills EPA nominee on '#ResistCapitalism' tweet Senate backlog of Biden nominees frustrates White House Harris hosts CEOs, executives at White House to discuss affordable childcare MORE. All of them make the maximum annual salary of $180,000.  

During the first year of former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE’s term, the average salary paid to female White House employees was $21,000 less than than what was paid to male employees. The gap was larger when comparing the median salaries, according to a study conducted by the American Enterprise Institute at the time. The gender pay gap during the last year of the Obama administration was 11 percent, less than during the Trump years but more than the current Biden administration figures. 

The Biden White House says it took steps to ensure that employees are paid the same for equal work, including by establishing pay bands for job descriptions to ensure those doing similar work are paid the same regardless of race or gender.

Biden in his first six months has put a priority on hiring staff that is diverse in terms of gender, race and ethnicity. The White House has also taken steps to advance equity through its domestic policies, particularly after the coronavirus pandemic worsened racial gaps and exacerbated gender inequality.