White House Salaries Jump $5 Million Under Obama

White House salaries have jumped by nearly $5 million in the three years since Barack Obama became president, official figures show.

The 468 people who work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue earn $37.8 million, the White House’s annual report to Congress shows. That compares to $33.1 million in George W. Bush’s last year in the Oval Office, an increase of 14.1 percent.

The report was released at 4.39 p.m. Friday, a notorious time for dumping bad news just before a weekend. By statute it hhad a July 1 deadline.

The White House payroll is up nearly 2 percent on last year from $37.1 million and the number of employers is also up by a similar percentage, up from 454.

The Obama White House has 139 employees who make more than $100,000 a year. The top scale, $172,200, goes to his senior advisors, including Chief of Staff Jack Lew, Press Secretary Jay Carney, Senior Advisor David Plouffe, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, National Security Advisor, Thomas Donilon and Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.



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