Women in the White House are paid less than their male coworkers

Allan Goodman
July 6, 2017

That gap between women and men in the White House Office lines up closely with the Pew Research Center's most recent statistics on gender pay disparity in the American workforce, where women earn 83 percent of men's median hourly earnings.

Women working in the White House earn an average salary of 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male colleagues, a CNN analysis found.

Every year on July 1, the White House is required to disclose the pay of its employees. To calculate average salary, three employees reporting no earnings, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and one employee whose gender CNN was unable to confirm, were excluded.

They include chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus, press secretary Sean Spicer and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway. According to the White House document, Ivanka is getting paid a salary of $0.00 for her role as "first daughter and advisor to the president".

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Several of the president's closest aides are choosing not to take a salary.

The White House, however, does not seem to have been able to resolve the disparity in gender pay, an issue that has been demanding major attention for years now.

In 2014, the Washington Post reported that then-President Barack Obama hadn't yet succeeded in closing the gender wage gap in his White House, albeit a much smaller gap than Trump's.

In addition to men being paid more, there are also more of them on the White House payroll: 200 compared to 174 women. "I will always have your back", Trump said, addressing the men and women serving in the USA military.

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