White House Releases Staff Payroll Figures

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
July 3, 2017 11:23 am Last Updated: July 3, 2017 2:49 pm

On Friday, the White House released its staff salaries, showing what family members of President Donald Trump make each year.

Since 1995, the White House has been required to report staff salaries to Congress, listing the title and salary of every employee.

Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a real estate magnate, makes exactly $0.00. He’s listed as “assistant to the president and senior advisor.” Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump makes the same—$0.00—and she is listed as “first daughter and advisor to the president,” according to the 16-page document.

Some 22 of Trump’s aides—including chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus, press secretary Sean Spicer, and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway—make $179,700. The highest-paid staffer is Mark House, who earns $187,100.

Other staff members who are making $179,700 are Omarosa Manigault, the director of communications for White House office of public liaison, and social media director Dan Scavino.

Of note, Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Oval Office operations director Keith Schiller make $165,000 annually. Strategist Sebastian Gorka makes $155,000 and first lady Melania Trump communications director Stephanie Grisham makes $115,000.

About 25 staffers hold the title “assistant to the president,” the disclosure said.

In all, the staff payroll is about $36 million. In 2014, the Obama administration paid out around $38 million to staffers, while in 2015, the Obama administration paid out $40.9 million, according to data released by Open the Books.

As Forbes magazine reported, there are currently 110 fewer White House employees on the books under Trump than Obama “at this point in their respective presidencies.” It added: “Nineteen fewer staffers are dedicated to The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently, there are five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump vs. 24 staffers who served Michelle Obama (FY2009).”