White House releases staff salaries: There are 20% less staff than Obama had, some waive being paid, Trump gives his salary away, women assistants make more than males, and it includes a multimillionaire only wishing to make only $30,000

  • Several wealthy executives at White House take low or no pay
  • Gender gap at the top salary tier is greater than under Obama

Some of the business and finance executives who left multimillion-dollar jobs to work for President Donald Trump now earn less than the average school teacher, according to White House salary data released Friday.

Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. president, now earns $30,000 a year as Trump’s top economic adviser, after leaving his former employer with more than $284 million available in bonuses, stock holdings and other investments. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, both senior advisers to the president, do not take a salary. Financial disclosures show the two have assets valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

In one of the wealthiest administrations in recent history, the top salary in Trump’s White House is $179,700, earned by senior officials including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior counsel Kellyanne Conway.

Women occupy a smaller portion of those earning top pay under Trump than in his predecessor’s administration. Among 22 individuals earning the top salary, 73 percent are male, with 16 men and six women. During the final year of President Barack Obama’s administration, males accounted for 56 percent of those earning the maximum salary of $176,461, a level reached by nine men and seven women, according to an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute.


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