Jen Psaki tops the most expensive White House payroll in history


President Joe Biden has the most expensive payroll in White House history with 22 aides, including press secretary Jen Psaki and chief of staff Ron Klain, making the maximum yearly salary of $180,000.

The White House on Thursday released its annual staff report to Congress, revealing the salaries of 567 White House employees, which cost taxpayers $49.6 million.

The projected four-year costs of Biden’s White House payroll could top $200 million, according to an analysis by Forbes, which would top the staff costs of the past two presidents.

Adjusted for inflation, the Trump administration spent $164.3 million during his one term in office and the Obama administration spent $188.5 million in his first term.

‘The total number of employees and total salaries in this year’s report are indeed higher than in past recent reports,’ a White House official told DailyMail.com. ‘The White House increased the number of staff in FY21 to support staffing the government through a transition and to meet the incredible needs that were apparent at the beginning of the Administration, most notably, the global pandemic.’

The official also noted the Biden White House has 12 fulltime employees dedicated just to managing the COVID pandemic and that all 36 unpaid members of the President’s Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, which is part of the White House Office, were included in the staff totals. 

The Biden White House has the most expensive payroll in history with 22 aides, including press secretary Jen Psaki (above), making the maximum yearly salary of $180,000

The projected four-year costs of Biden's White House payroll could top $200 million, which would top the staff costs of the past two presidents

The projected four-year costs of Biden’s White House payroll could top $200 million, which would top the staff costs of the past two presidents

Other high-profile names making the staff maximum include Neera Tanden, who serves as a senior adviser to the president after her nomination for Office of Management and Budget director was withdrawn; National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, senior adviser to the president Cedric Richmond, domestic policy adviser Susan Rice, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, National Economic Council chief Brian Deese, counselor to the president Steve Ricchetti, and national climate adviser Gina McCarthy. 

One of the highest paid staffers is Molly Groom, policy adviser for immigration, who makes $185,656. 

The top salary for Biden staff is slightly more than previous administrations.  

In the first year of the Trump White House, the top salary was $179,700 while it was $172,000 in the first year of the Obama administration. 

In its report to Congress, the White House noted the majority of its staff – 60 percent – are women and about 44 percent come from racially or ethnically diverse communities. 

22 White House aides who make maximum salary of $180,000 

President Joe Biden has the most expensive payroll in White House history with 22 aides making the maximum yearly salary of $180,000.

The White House’s annual staff report to Congress reveals the salaries of 567 White House employees, which cost taxpayers $49.6 million.

Here are the 22 aides who make the max:

Chief of Staff Ron Klain

White House press secretary Jen Psaki

Senior adviser to the president Neera Tanden

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan 

Senior adviser to the president Cedric Richmond

Domestic policy adviser Susan Rice

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield

National Economic Council chief Brian Deese

National climate adviser Gina McCarthy 

Director of Oval Office operations AnnMarie Tomasini

Homeland Security adviser and deputy national security adviser Elizabeth D. Sherwood-Randall

Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel Cathy Russell

Counselor to the president Steve Ricchetti

Chief of staff to the first lady Julissa Reynoso

White House counsel Dana A. Remus

Principal deputy national security adviser Jonathan J. Finer

Director of management and administration and director of the Office of Administration Anne E. Filipic

Senior adviser to the president Mike Donilon

Deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon 

Assistant to the president and adviser to the first lady Anthony Bernal

Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs Louisa Terrell

The administration said the data shows it is ‘the most diverse administration in history.’ 

The White House also pointed out that the majority of its senior staff are women – 56 percent – and 36 percent are from racially or ethnically diverse communities.

During the presidential campaign, Biden pushed back against those who questioned whether an older white male was the right person for the presidency as the nation grappled with race and gender issues. He named Kamala Harris as his running mate and his campaign manager was a woman.  

In Biden’s White House, men make slightly more than women. Biden has pushed for equal pay across all industries and hosted soccer star Megan Rapinoe at an Equal Pay event in March. 

The average salary for women in the administration is $93,752, while men average $94,639, representing about a 1% pay gap.

But, under President Donald Trump, there was a 37% pay gap during his first year in office while President Barack Obama’s pay gap was 16% during his first year, according to an American Enterprise Institute analysis. 

Domestic policy adviser Susan Rice

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain (top left), counselor to the president Steve Ricchetti (top right), domestic policy adviser Susan Rice (bottom left), and White House communications director Kate Bedingfield also all make the $180,000 maximum salary

The Labor Department estimates that in 2020, women’s annual earnings were 82.3 percent of that of men, and that gap is even wider for women of color.

‘In alignment with the president’s commitment to diversity and pay equity, the White House has taken significant steps to ensure the White House staff reflects the diversity of the country and the highest standards of economic and social justice for all,’ the administration said in a statement.

Since 1995, Congress an annual from the White House – to be delivered on July 1 -listing the title and salary of every White House Office employee. 



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