White House to pay $37 million in salaries for 2011

WASHINGTON Fri Jul 1, 2011 8:15pm EDT

The White House is seen in front of the Washington Monument (L) and the Jefferson Memorial (R) in Washington May 1, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The White House is seen in front of the Washington Monument (L) and the Jefferson Memorial (R) in Washington May 1, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will pay $37,121,463 in salaries for 454 employees in 2011.

Three policy advisors have a salary of zero, while more than 20 make the highest pay grade: $172,200.

More than 30 percent earn between $100,000 and $200,000 a year while 154 take home less than $50,000, according to the 2011 annual report on White House staff.

The top dollar group includes John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterrorism; Press Secretary James Carney; William Daley, Chief of Staff; and Director of Speechwriting Jonathan Favreau.

The average White House salary in 2011 is about $82,000.

In 2010, the White House paid out $38,796,307 for 469 employees, an average of nearly $83,000 a year.

Since 1995 Congress has required the White House to deliver a report listing the salary and title of every employee.

The Administration has posted the report online each year that President Barack Obama has been in office, "consistent with President Obama's commitment to transparency," the 2011 report states.

(Writing by Molly O'Toole. Editing by Peter Bohan

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Comments (9)
cellphone wrote:
A big portion of that $37 million gets spent on Michelle and her staff. She has more staff than any other First Lady in history. From personal assistants, to stylists, to social secretaries. We have an entitlement oriented first lady, and she’s taking full advantage of the American taxpayers.

Jul 01, 2011 10:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
olHarley wrote:
Cellphone: I call shenanegans. The “Wasteful Michelle” meme is right-wing baloney fluffed up for want of actual, oh, ideas… A very rudimentary web search will debunk this. MO’s staff is about the same size as Laura Bush’s, and smaller than other First Ladies’ staffs…Bah!

Jul 01, 2011 11:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BryKKan wrote:
The wording of the first paragraph is deceptive. Why is one range of salaries expressed as a percentage, and the other a number, when both seem to be similar figures? 154/454 is more than 30%…

Jul 02, 2011 1:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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