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What would you earn, if you worked at the White House?

Discussion in 'Business & Economics' started by ASPCA4EVER, Jul 12, 2009.


    ASPCA4EVER Well-Known Member

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    Checks and Balances

    Who decides how much White House staffers get paid?

    By Christopher Beam Posted Thursday, July 2, 2009, at 7:33 PM ET

    The Obama White House recently released the salaries of its 487 staffers. The highest-paid administration staffer, the president's director of public health policy, David Marcozzi, earns $193,000, while salaries bottom out at $36,000. The president himself makes $400,000, a salary set by Congress. Two advisers, Michael J. Warren and Patricia G. McGinnis, forgo pay altogether. How does the White House decide who makes what?
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    The total spending on salaries is determined by Congress, which has to approve the annual White House budget. In 2007, President Bush requested a total of $51.9 million for White House office salaries. (That's for the core of 500 or so staffers.) The numbers creep up every year. In 2003, the maximum pay for assistants was $151,000. Since then, it has increased between 1.7 percent and 4 percent annually. In 2008, it reached $172,000 and remains there, since Obama declared a pay freeze for anyone making more than $100,000.

    The White House staff wasn't always so expensive—or expansive. Thomas Jefferson had only one messenger and one secretary, both of whom he paid out of pocket. In 1857, Congress finally allocated $2,500 to hire a single White House clerk. By the turn of the century, the White House had added a "secretary to the president," two assistant secretaries, two executive clerks, and a stenographer. Herbert Hoover was the first president to hire a press secretary. The staff grew under Franklin Delano Roosevelt and has exploded since, adding the Council of Economic Advisers, the National Security Council, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and so on. (Some of these, like CEA and NSC, are included on the White House salary list. Others are not.)

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    I found this interesting, I've often wondered what the average staffer earned at the White House. Amazing how a couple staffers actually waved their salary and still work there. Volunteerism isn't dead in America...some still see the opportunity to serve our country an 'HONOR'!!!

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