Even at the highest level, government positions aren’t actually the most glamorous, but they’re sure to keep you happy. The wages of politicians in America are all public documents, as their payrolls are paid by American taxpayers. Take a glance at the salary details for White House employees to see how much they really do.
Donald Trump (President) — $400,000
Serving at the big chair certainly has some great financial incentives, one of which is a $400,000 yearly income. Aside from that modest amount, CNBC notes that the president also collects an annual $50,000 spending payment, a $19,000 leisure budget, and a $100,000 traveling fund. This sum has been won by every president since George W. Bush took office in 2001.
Mike Pence (Vice President) — $230,700
Like former Vice President Joe Biden, Mike Pence makes $230,700 a year. That number has been constant since 2010. In 2019, Pence was eligible for a modest boost that would give him $243,500 a year but the increase was suspended as a result of the economic shutdown at the time. The veep, however, made a joke about being thrifty, despite his decent paycheck, claiming that he purchased two for one suit.
Mick Mulvaney (Acting Chief Of Staff) — $203,500
Another difficult work with a nice salary is to be the Chief of Staff of the President. There are actually very few White House workers who are paying more than $200,000 per year and Mick Mulvaney is one of them. Like Grisham, who served as press secretary, Mulvaney has been the third chief of staff since Trump became president, taking office in early 2019. There were five separate individuals in the Obama White House who held the position in eight years, with Denis McDonough earning $176,461 in 2016.
Peter Navarro (Assistant To The President For Trade And Manufacturing Policy) — $183,000
22 White House staff receive $183,000 every year under Trump, one of whom is Peter Navarro. Harvard graduate is the President’s top man in trade and industrial strategy. Since its establishment, Navarro has been a member of the Cabinet and the Office of Trade and Industrial Policy, which he heads. It was founded by Trump in 2017. This means that Navarro has no predecessor whose salary we can compare to.
Lindsay Reynolds (Chief Of Staff To The First Lady) — $183,000
The President’s wife even gets their own employees, and the person who leads them gets a pretty good salary. Seen on the left below, Lindsay Reynolds has served as Chief of Staff of Melania Trump throughout 2017, serving as the White House Visitor’s Office Associate Director under George W. Bush. The new first lady’s staff has 12 employees, all of whom are within Reynolds’ leadership. During Obama’s tenure, Christina Tchen was Chief of Staff of First Lady Michelle Obama, earning $176,461 a year.
Andrew Olmem (Deputy Director Of The National Economic Council) — $168,000
The National Economic Council was founded in 1993 and is currently in charge in all sectors of financial policy. There are many staff in the Trump regime who act as specialized assistants to the President of Economic Policy, and they are all paid at least $120,000 a year but Andrew Olmem receives $168,000 by being Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. Within Obama, $149,654 was paid to Jason Miller for the same job in 2016.
Larry Kudlow (Director Of The National Economic Council) — $183,000
As per the White House compensation survey, Larry Kudlow is the president’s assistant in economic policy. However, he is also the Director of the National Economic Council and began his work in April 2018. He was host to CNBC and served in the government of President Reagan. Kudlow has been paying $183,000 for his work on the president’s tax plans, while Jeff Zients has made $176,461 for the same position under Obama.
Roger L. Stone (Director Of White House Information Technology) — $168,000
Every organization needs a large workforce in cyber security, and Roger L. Stone, the new IT director of the White House, is paid $168,000 a year. He has been in office since February 2019, when Chris Herndon was removed. Obama has built a position that makes it one of the relatively new roles of the White House. During Obama’s tenure, David Recordon kept the job in 2016 and earned $121,752 to keep the tech in the department working perfectly.
Bethany Pritchard (Director Of White House Travel Office) — $92,400
Honestly, this might seem like a task that’s supposed to shell out money. The Director of the White House Travel Office is accountable for creating travel plans and booking lodging for representatives of the White House Press Corps who are traveling with officials and accepting payment from different news sources. Bethany Pritchard landed her position in April 2019, after she began serving in Trump’s presidency as a staff assistant in 2017. But her paycheck is comparatively higher than Ashley Tate-pay Gilmore’s of $77,625 in 2016 under Obama.
Dominique Dansky Bari (Director Of Stenography) — $95,500
This job is one of the few that is not motivated by political views. Dominique Dansky Bari began her work under Trump in June 2017, but prior to that, she had been deputy director of stenography for the Obama White House since 2014. They take notes on each discussion and even send reports to the press during official meetings. Under Obama, the director of stenography was Margaret Suntum, who was compensated $117,846 in 2016, which indicates that the job was cut off in Trump’s White House.
Rickie Niceta (Social Secretary) — $168,000
The Washington Post called the position of social secretary the “least controversial” work in the White House. The duty includes the development and preparation of a variety of social activities hosted by the White House. First Lady Melania Trump went to the Social Secretary job with Anna “Rickie” Niceta because of her 2 decades of experience in event planning. Niceta is paid $168,000 a year in the role, while Deesha Dyer made $119,723 under Obama in 2016.
Stephanie Grisham (Press Secretary) — $183,000
Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s press media arm, is one of the highest-paid White House employees. In case you haven’t heard, becoming a press secretary is a tough gig. In reality, she has been the third media secretary since Trump became president in 2017. In the year that Trump took office, Sean Spicer suddenly quit, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, his successor, abruptly left in 2019, opening the way for Grisham. Josh Earnest, Obama’s Secretary of Press, made $176,461 in 2016.
Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner (Advisor To The President And Senior Advisor) — $0
President Trump has gained recognition for his lean White House budget, which applies to a handful of his closest advisers. Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter, and Jared Kushner, her partner, are formally appointed President’s Advisor and Senior Advisor. Although their names can be found in the White House Compensation Report, there’s a pleasant and round $0 next to them because they’ve both opted not to accept a paycheck for their role.
Molly Michael (Executive Assistant To The President) — $120,000
A variety of positions fall into the category of Oval Office operations, and Molly Michael’s work was one of the most significant. She works as Executive Assistant to the President, whose yearly income is $120,000 for being essentially Trump’s right-hand woman. In Trump’s administration, there are several others with the position of Executive Assistant, each earning between $48,000 and $58,200 a year.
John Bolton (Assistant To The President For National Security Affairs) — $183,000
John Bolton was a representative of the $183k club. He worked as Trump’s National Security Advisor until resigning in September 2019. The role is to provide the President with a briefing on issues of national security and to be part of the National Security Council, an advisory committee that produces confidential classified intel. In Obama’s White House, Susan Rice, serving in the same role, earned $176,461 annually as of 2016.
Anne LeHardy (Director Of Media Operations For The Office Of The First Lady) — $72,700
The Office of the First Lady is renowned as East Wing. It has its own employees, such as marketing officers, and in 2018, Anne LeHardy began working as Melania Trump’s Communications Coordinator in the private industry. According to the White House’s 2019 payroll report, LeHardy is named the first lady’s director of press operations, a position that gives her $72,700. Under Obama, no one in the White House had the same title in 2016, while Joanna Rosholm was named Deputy Director of Communications for Michelle Obama and paid $78,124 a year.
Lee Ann Clark (Chief Calligrapher) — $99,400
Who knew that calligraphy was a very profitable talent in 2019? The White House actually has three calligraphers on board, and the least paying makes $72,800 a year. Chief calligrapher Lee Ann Clark takes home $99,400 for her lovely writing, adorning official certificates, invites, programs, name cards, and other documents. There were also three calligraphers on Obama’s payroll, with the top scribe paying $100,110 in 2016.
Sean Doocey (Director Of Presidential Personnel) — $168,000
If a vacancy needs to be filled, the Presidential Personnel Office is in charge for evaluating prospective candidates before giving suggestions for possible nominees to the U.S. The Senate will need to verify this. Paying 168,000 dollars a year, PPO Director Sean Doocey recently demonstrated his position of influence by shooting down two candidates that Trump wanted to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security. In Obama’s White House, Rodin Mehrbani held the job and was paid $172,200 in 2016.
Frank Walsh (Ethics Counsel) — $151,633
It appears that giving legal counsel to the President on ethical problems is worth a dime. Trump has two attorneys on staff, and they have the role of ethical advisor. Georgetown law graduate Frank Walsh is the most popular of the two. It used to be the U.S. Army Reserve Judge advocates and acts as the United States Agency for International Development Ethics. Obama’s team has included two ethics lawyers and the highest-paid $123,406 in 2016.
Jessica Ditto (Deputy Director of Communications) — $168,000
Communication staff are essential to any public office, particularly the White House. Jessica Ditto has been with Trump in his campaign since 2016. As he began serving as President in 2017, he also began to be Deputy Director of Communications. She earns 168,000 dollars in her job, while Adam Kennedy receives 158,000 dollars for the same job role as Trump. Under Obama, Communications Director Jennifer Psaki was paid $174,714 in 2016.
Dana Hurtik (Acting Director Of White House Visitors Office) — $95,800
One of the most popular residences in the world, the White House sees a lot of visitors every year. Some of the White House Visitors Office’s duties include providing tours and managing the building. Dana Hurtik has been operating director of the White House Visitors Office since 2017 and will be paying $95,800 as of 2019. During Obama’s time, Ellie Schafer did the job, and her contributions won her $116,679 in 2016.
Samuel Brown (Senior Videographer) — $72,700
There’s a lot to be recorded on camera while you’re operating at the White House. Trump’s presidency has two staff videographers, one of whom is Samuel Brown (not pictured below). He is a lead videographer at the White House with a yearly compensation of $72,700, while another videographer makes $64,400. When Obama was president, Hope Hall was the only staff videographer. In 2016, she earned $76,095 for the President’s greatest moments on video.
Brittany Baldwin And Theodore Royer (Speechwriter) — $120,000
Trump’s team includes four speech writers, two of whom are Brittany Baldwin and Theodore Royer, who make $120,000. This is the highest wage for this category of workers. Baldwin and Royer make sure that the President has some insightful comments that he can make as he talks. As of 2016, Obama had nine speakers onboard whose annual salaries ranged from $42,613 to $176,461.
Hannah Zakaria (West Wing Receptionist) — $48,800
Based on a review of the 2019 payroll report, there are 60 White House workers who earn less than $50,000 a year. One of them was the West Wing receptionist, Hannah Zakaria. She began as a White House intern in September 2018 and moved to her current position about three months later. In 2016, Leah Katz-Hernandez held an unenviable spot. Obama’s West Wing receptionist withdrew $48,000.
Kellyanne Conway (Assistant To The President And Senior Counselor) — $183,000
Although several White House employees are named the President’s Advisor, only Kellyanne Conway may also have the role of Senior Counselor. She’s been with him since the early days of Trump’s campaign, and her hard work has been rewarded. She’s taking home a yearly compensation of $183,000. There was no senior adviser to Obama’s staff, so her pay could not really be compared to previous advisers, but Trump clearly values Conway’s position as one of the most highly paid members of his personnel.
John Czwartacki (Senior Adviser to the Chief of Staff for Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement) – $239,595
Even though it’s an uncommon occurrence for an employee to do more than his supervisor in the federal government, it’s not impossible. John Czwartacki is the Senior Counselor to the Chief of Staff for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement. He makes $239,595 a year. In reality, he’s the highest paying staff member in the White House right now.
Stephen Miller (Senior Advisor for Policy) – $183,000
Assistant President and Senior Policy Analyst Stephen Miller makes $183,000 a year. Though Miller authored President Trump’s first speech on the state of the Union, he is best regarded as the force behind the president’s aggressive approach to immigration policy. He also supported Trump’s agenda to create a wall on the border with Mexico. A lot of the time, Miller’s name is Trump’s right-hand man.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Former Press Secretary) – $183,000
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former press secretary, made $183,000 a year. However, she withdrew from her role in 2019 and was succeeded by Stephanie Grisham. Sanders was the white house’s public voice. She was known to confess to authorities that she intentionally made misleading claims to the media.
Mercedes Schlapp (Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications) – $183,000
Serving with the amazing marketing team before she entered the White House back in 2017, Mercedes Schlapp currently makes $183,000 a year. However it was revealed that in 2020 she would be leaving to start working on Trump’s re-election effort.
Brooke Rollins (Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives) – $183,000
Here is another interesting staff at the White House. A prison reform activist, Brooke Rollins operates with the president to implement “private sector solutions to the nation’s problems” She currently makes $183,000 a year as the President’s Assistant for Strategic Initiatives.
Pasquale Cipollone (Counsel to the President) – $183,000
Pasquale Cipollone receives $183,000 to counsel the President from all legalities. Cipollone substituted Don McGahn as a lawyer to the White House. McGhan quit when he learned that the White House was planning to make him a victim of possible obstruction of court proceedings against Donald Trump, as well as McGhan’s refusal to prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey.
Emma Doyle (Deputy Chief of Staff) – $183,000
Emma Doyle, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff, makes $183,000 per year at the White House. Doyle, 31 years old, is among the youngest White House employees. In the past, she worked as Chief of Staff for Mick Mulvaney during his tenure as Head of the Office of Management and Budget.
Madeleine Westerhout (Director of Oval Office Operations) – $145,000
Madeleine Westerhout, as special assistant to the president and head of oval office operations, receives $145,000 a year. She began as President Trump’s personal assistant in 2017, and then made $95,000 a year. However, in August 2019, she was dismissed after Trump heard that she shared information of Trump’s family and Oval Office operations with media at an off-record meal.
Nicole Frazier (Director of Strategic Partnerships & African American Outreach) – $106,000
This is another amazing staff at the White House. As Director of Strategic Alliances and Afro-American outreach, Nicole Frazier currently makes $106,000 yearly. She was recruited in 2019 to perform the role once filled by Omarosa Manigault Newman until she was fired in 2017.
Christopher Liddell (Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination) – $30,000
As it turned out, not everyone who serves in the White House is paid a good wage. Christopher Liddell is the Assistant President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination, making $30,000 a year. He is responsible for managing the Administration’s efforts to streamline the Federal Government’s regulatory process and restructure its technology systems,” according to the White House website. He’s getting the lowest pay in the White House.
Andrew P. Bremberg (Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy) – $179,700
The new candidate to represent the United States at the United Nations European Office, Andrew Bremberg, makes $179,700 a year. Before joining Trump’s administration, he was Policy Adviser and Advisor on Appointments to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Policy Director to former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker during his presidential candidacy.
John J. DeStefano (Counselor) – $179,700
Assistant to the President and Advisor from 2018 to 2019, John DeStefano is earning $179,700. In the past, he has been overseeing intergovernmental relations. DeStefano joined the administration as Chief Executive Officer of the Presidential Staff but ended up leaving in May 2019 to become an advisor to the e-cigarette business Juul.
Emmet T. Flood (Special Counsel to the President) – $179,700
Emmet Flood operated as acting White House counselor to President Trump from October 2018 to December 2018, when Don McGahn quit. Now, Flood is President Trump’s special counsel, making $179,700 a year. What could he be possibly doing for Trump?
Jason D. Greenblatt (Special Representative for International Negotiations) – $179,700
Jason Greenblatt is the President’s assistant and special representative for foreign agreements. He makes $179,700 a year. He used to be the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of The Trump Organization, but now occupies a job that Donald Trump developed for him.
Joseph W. Hagin (Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations) – $179,700
Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations from 2017 to 2018, Joseph Hagin is another White House employee who receives $179,700 per year. He also served President George W. The bush from 2001 to 2008.
John. F. Kelly (Chief of Staff) – $179,700
Part of the Board of Directors of Caliburn International and former U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly served as Chief of Staff of the White House for President Trump from 2017 to 2019. His yearly pay amounted to $179,700.
Marcia L. Kelly (Director of the Office of Administration) – $179,700
Marcia Kelly is the Assistant to the President and Head of the Administration Office, receiving $179,700 a year. She first entered the White House in 2016, previously acting as Director of Operations for the 2016 RNC conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
Derek S. Lyons (Staff Secretary) – $179,700
Derek Lyons is both the President’s counselor and the Secretary of Staff. In 2018, he became the White House’s acting secretary of staff, making $179,700 a year. Prior to this, he was the deputy staff secretary and general counsel for Sen. Rob Portman.
Donald F. McGahn II (Counsel to the President) – $179,700
Donald McGhan worked as White House counsel for President Trump from 2016 to 2018 when he left. He made $179,700 a year when he was still employed there. He worked on the Federal Election Commission for more than 5 years before working at the White House.
Mira R. Ricardel (Deputy National Security Advisor) – $179,700
Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser, Mira Ricardel is another one who receives $179,700 a year at the White House. It didn’t last that long, though, less than a year to be precise. At the behest of First Lady Melania Trump, she was fired.
Brooke L. Rollins (Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives) – $179,700
Brooke Rollins works as the President’s assistant on strategic projects, receiving $179,700 a year, you guessed. A lawyer, Rollins was leader and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a free-market think tank located in Austin, from 2003 to 2018.
Daniel J. Scavino (Director of Social Media) – $179,700
Assistant to the president and director of social media, Daniel Scavino earns $179,700 a year. Scavino, it turns out is the author of Donald Trump’s Twitter posts. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Trump National Golf Club Westchester.
Marc T. Short (Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs) – $179,700
Today, Marc Short is the Chief of Staff of the new Vice President, Mike Pence. Initially, however, he worked as the White House Legislative Director for President Trump, making $179,700 a year. Short issued a statement rebutting the sworn testimony given that same day before Congress by US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.
Robert B. Blair (Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff) – $183,000
Robert Blair is the President’s advisor and senior consultant to the Chief of Staff, making $183,000 a year. He was the Associate Director of National Security Initiatives for the Office of Management and Budget. He work with his team and other senior Department leaders to set the Department’s policy priorities and develop and implement plans to achieve them.
John A. Eisenberg (Legal Advisor to the National Security Council) – $183,000
John Eisenberg is the deputy counsel to the president for national security affairs and legal advisor to the National Security Council, getting paid $183,000 annually. Prior to working at the White House, he was a partner with the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.