Biden’s West Wing Payroll Nears $50 Million, Highest Ever


The Biden administration’s Executive Office of the President (EOP) has 560 employees and a payroll of nearly $50 million — the highest of any government in at least 12 years, according to data released Thursday.

While President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris earn their legally specified annual salaries of $400,000 and $235,100 respectively, more than 250 other officials are earning at least six figures this year.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiFor example, is one of 22 West Wing employees to bring in a $180,000 taxpayer-funded salary.

Other prominent figures earning the same money include Chief of Staff Ron Klain, National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy, Director of the Homeland Policy Council and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, current National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and Senior Adviser Neera Tanden — whose appointment as head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was famously sunk by her mean tweets.

However, the salaries of those senior officials are surpassed by those of two others: immigration policy adviser Molly Groom, who earns $185,656; and senior broadband policy advisor Elizabeth Hone, bringing in $183,164.

The Biden administration's staggering $49.6 million payroll is toppling both the Obama and Trump administrations.
The Biden administration’s staggering $49.6 million payroll is toppling both the Obama and Trump administrations.
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At the other extreme, the number of EOP employees includes 36 unpaid members of Biden’s commission investigating potential Supreme Court reform.

According to the website, the Biden administration’s $49.6 million payroll is the highest of any government in any year going back to 2009, raising the inflation-adjusted $49.4 million in Barack Obama’s first year of his office was spent, is just slightly higher.

By contrast, in the last year of the Trump administration, the EOP had 413 employees and a payroll of $41.7 million.

“The total number of employees and total salaries in this year’s report are indeed higher than in previous recent reports,” said a White House official. told Politico in a statement. “The White House increased the number of employees in [fiscal year 2021] to support government personnel through a transition and to meet the incredible needs that were apparent at the beginning of the administration, especially the global pandemic.”

Since 1995, the White House has been required to provide an annual report to Congress that lists the title and salary of each office worker. In the report released Thursday, the Biden administration touted itself as “the most diverse administration in history” and noted the gender pay gap of less than 1 percent between women (average salary: $93,752) and men (average salary: $93,752). : $94,639) serving in the administration.

According to the American Enterprise Institute, the gender pay gap was 37 percent in the first year of the Trump administration, compared to 16 percent in the first year of the Obama administration.

With Post wires

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