From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]
Who’s Making What In The White House / BY Alexis Simendinger

“President Bush’s most senior aides — the ones who hold the coveted
title of “assistant to the president” — recently received a $4,200
cost-of-living bump-up in compensation and now earn a top pay rate of
$165,200, according to an internal White House list of staff salaries.
The list was compiled by the administration for the year that ended
June 30 and is displayed both alphabetically, and by dollar ranking,
below. Those at the bottom of the White House staff pay scale — the
folks answering phones and responding to the president’s mail, for
example — remain stuck at last year’s pay floor of $30,000,
according to a year-to-year comparison of White House data obtained by
National Journal.

At that level, the White House aide who keeps a log of the gifts sent
to the president makes about as much as the average starting pay for a
public school teacher. At $15 an hour, that’s almost three times the
national minimum wage of $5.15. (Congress is debating this summer
whether to raise the minimum wage, while the administration prefers to
leave it where it is).

White House salaries and job titles are largely controlled at the
discretion of the president, within the confines of the overall budget
approved by Congress for the Executive Office of the President. For
example, Anita McBride, chief of staff to the first lady, earns
$149,000 this year, which is a jump of $16,000 above her listed pay
rate in 2005 — with no change in title. In 2005, the peak of the White
House pay scale was $161,000 for 19 heavyweight job titles.

On this year’s list, the White House omitted Bush aides who left the
White House payroll in recent weeks, even if the president intends to
fill the posts at this year’s rate of pay. One anomaly: Unlike
predecessor I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, David Addington, the chief of
staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was not included on the White
House roster, even though he holds a dual title as assistant to the

Employees on loan to the White House from their home agencies appear on
the list in italics; one intelligence operative was not identified by
the White House by name. And there are other curiosities: a General
Electric security specialist (and retired Air Force general) is listed
as an “employee” and member of the president’s Privacy and Civil
Liberties Oversight Board, at a per diem rate of $548. The White House
is not required by law to make public any complete accounting of staff
or individual salaries.

The list of 433 positions excludes White House residence employees,
Office of Management and Budget personnel, and the staff members
working in the Office of the Vice President who are on the payroll of
the U.S. Senate by virtue of the vice president’s role as Senate
president. By law, President Bush’s salary is $400,000. The vice
president’s compensation in 2006 is $212,100.

To search for a specific White House employee, enter the last name and
click “Find.” Or, browse the entire list in alphabetical order or
descending salary rank.”