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White House Salaries Released

by Keith Koffler on June 29, 2012, 10:27 pm

The White House today released its annual list of everyone’s salaries.

According to Politico, the payroll grew from $37.1 million in 2011 to $37.8 million in 2012 and the number of employees expanded from 454 to 468. But the salary budget is still below the level it was in 2009, when it totaled $39.1 million.

Some of the salaries will seem rather high to many of you, which is why this was released on a Friday afternoon, when no one was looking.

They do work long hours, I would note. Actually, they have no life.

I know, it’s breaking your heart. But, make of it what you will, the list is below. Happy scrolling.

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srdem65 June 30, 2012 at 2:02 am

The salaries look about right, what you’d expect for those working in what must be a pressure-cooker of stress and long hours.
The lowest salaries are surprising. They don’t seem like much compensation for the high cost of living reported for D.C.

In comparison, over-the-road truck drivers earn about $70K, school teachers earn about $60K, and apartment mangers make about $90K.

wcc June 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

And the big shot “anchors” on TV make millions! Go figure.

Car in July 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

I’m guessing some of those “low level” salary folks are your “right out of college” types. $40, 000 isn’t so bad if you’re young, and w/o a lot of experience. Fancy titles for errand folks. In that light, the salaries aren’t so paltry.

DeniseVB July 1, 2012 at 11:36 am

A decent apt in a safe neighborhood near the metro run around 2k/mo in the DC area, that takes a pretty big chunk out of 40k.

Car in July 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Don’t people fresh out of college, just staring out get roommates anymore? That’s what I did. $40,000 – in this day and age – isn’t bad money. Especially considering all the benefits, PLUS the career trajectory it puts them on.

I’m not gonna cry for some lacky making $40,000 in DC.

Robin H June 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

I stopped when I got to the $85,000 for a calligrapher. Really? They have enough for a full time job?

Robin H June 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

I’m sorry, the $85,000 is a staff person, the Chief Calligrapher gets $95,000. This can’t get outsourced for less?

mo1 June 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

Actually there are 3 calligraphers and the chief one gets $96,725 while analyts only make $42,000. I wonder if this dispartiy is attibutable to seniority. If so, it just demonstrates tthat government payrolls make no sense. Also, I thought that on one CSPAN or History channel program on the White House, it was said some calligraphers were volunteers. I coud be wrong, though.

Robin H June 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Well, their salary will be well earned when they get to write “President Romney”

EnoughAlready June 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

Reduce these employees by half and there would still be too many.

The Original June 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm

What a waste of money!

Susan June 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

She doesn’t even get a salary, yet we pay a little over $1 million per year just for Mooch’s handmaidens…

Yael June 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm
SnarkEsq. June 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for posting this, Keith.

You can click on salary and see it in that order. Also, you can view it fulk screen:

https://opendata.socrata.com/Government/2012-Annual-Report-to-Congress-on-White-House-Staf/jv7a-cjdv

The top twenty people make $172,000.

SnarkEsq. June 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

*typo – full screen

SnarkEsq. June 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Just as I predicted, he’s basically taking the week off:

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012, SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012, AND MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

On Saturday, the President will depart the White House for Camp David. The departure from the South Lawn is open press.

The President will remain at Camp David through Tuesday.

Schedule for the Week of July 2, 2012:

On Monday and Tuesday, the President will be at Camp David. On Tuesday, the President will return to Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn. Staff and their families from throughout the Administration will also attend this event for the concert and fireworks viewing.

On Thursday and Friday, the President will travel to Ohio and Pennsylvania for a campaign bus tour.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/06/president_obama_official_sched_940.html

DeniseVB July 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

I sent this link to Breitbart, they have him in Paris this week for fundraisers. Wonder if there was a schedule change? LOL.

SnarkEsq. June 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Romney and the Republicans better do a good job of getting this info out there:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/wsj-economist-brunt-of-obamacare-costs-will-be-shouldered-by-those-making-under-120k/

Unfortunately – for us, but fortunate for King O – none of this will be REAL to people until they start to feel it, as well as having their employers end their health insurance, kicking them onto the state exchanges. Too many people won’t believe it until they see it, so for now they will be very susceptible to all the promises from King O and the Dems as far as how much better it will be, and what goodies they will have in their coverage.

QueenOfScott June 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Obama just left for a three-day vacay at Camp David…he is so exhausted.

Langley Spook June 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

so where’s Michelle going then…?

Langley Spook June 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

(you KNOW the “queen” must HATE that rustic, out-in-the-woods Camp David…)

Susan June 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

My question too Langley. Where’s Mooch and the girls? This schedule mentions King Kardashian going to Camp David, but Mooch isn’t mentioned until the 4th of July bash…

QueenOfScott June 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

He has been nick-named King Putt on some other websites…LOL.

CAR July 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

That’s a good one I hadn’t heard.

ImNoDhimmi July 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

Me-Chelle’s getting some work done so she’ll be ready to wow ‘em at the Olympics. Botox, detox, “vitamin shots” (Just a theory.)

65andcounting June 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Most of the salaries seem understandable to me as Keith said, many work 24/7, but the White House Calligrapher???? Salary $94,372.00! That’s one heck of alot of invitation addressing!

Some make a remarkably low salary, $42,000 for an staff assistant. And $51,000 for the Associative Director for Policy and Events at Let’s Move! Initiative. That seems really little.

Meanwhile, The President is taking a vacay at Camp David through Tuesday. He must be SO tired after…..after….help me here…after….? :-)
The President will remain at Camp David through Tuesday.

Robin H June 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm

It’s very tiring having to pretend to care. He’s exhausted from touring Colorado and pretending he gives a damn.

65andcounting June 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Sorry for my duplication of the comments before mine. There are times when I click comments and don’t see any until I add my own. As in this case. Even though it said there were 6 comments, none was visible until I submitted mine. It said so many of think alike!!

CAR June 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Did anyone check to see what men vs. women make? Just wondering.

SnarkEsq. June 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Yet again, their personal chef from Chicago, Sam Kass, does not have his salary listed:

Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass–the chief architect of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign–is missing from the report, as has been the case since 2009.

Given that the Let’s Move! campaign has not had an Executive Director in more than eight months, following the departure in December of 2011 of the second appointee who held the post–and given that Kass has been filling the role–it seemed possible that he would be listed on the 2012 salary report. No: Kass is apparently still paid under his other title, Assistant Chef, which falls under residence staff. The President is not required to report the salaries of the residence staff to Congress.

All of the White House chefs are ambassadors for Mrs. Obama’s campaign, but Kass is the only one who travels constantly in support, as well as conducts policy meetings and creates things like the Let’s Move! partnership with global grocery giant Walmart and other private-sector allies, such as Disney. The Walmart deal was part of the reason Kass was named #11 on Fast Company magazine’s 2011 list of 100 Most Creative People in Business. The salaries of the two previous Let’s Move! Executive Directors, Robin Schepper and Dr. Judith Palfrey, were never listed on salary reports.

But the salary for Capt. Brad Cooper, Executive Director for Mrs. Obama’s other signature initiative, Joining Forces, is listed. Cooper’s position is noted as “detailee,” and he makes $115,800 per annum. In April, the East Wing added an employee named Marissa Duswalt to the Let’s Move! team, and like Cooper, she is listed in the salary report as a “detailee.” Duswalt makes $51,630 annually.

Kass was actually introduced as the Executive Director of Let’s Move! when he gave the keynote address at the Centers for Disease Control’s Weight of the Nation conference in May of this year. But an East Wing spokesman told Obama Foodorama that the introducer “must have misspoken.” Kass began his time at the White House with the dual title of Assistant Chef/Food Initiative Coordinator, and was given his glossier current title in 2010, news first reported here on Obama Foodorama.

On this year’s report, there are 68 Special Assistants to the President, 22 Assistants to the President and 24 Deputy Assistants. Kass seems to be a Very Special Assistant.

http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/06/white-houses-releases-2012-annual-staff.html

Girly1 June 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hear ye, Hear ye! The old Mooch is giving up her seat on the family bus for the winners of the latest raffle! Guess she’s going to spend the holiday weekend sweeping out the trash – stale potato chips, candy wrappers, soda pop cans, pizza boxes, ice cream dribbles, cookie crumbs, and chicken bones!

BTW, has anyone seen any photos of the ‘happy family moments’ on the big black bus? I must have missed them.

Subject: “Your seat on Barack’s Bus”

Friend —

Our family has spent more than a few days on the campaign trail.

We’ve had lots of card games, laughs, and fun family moments on that campaign bus.

Barack is hitting the road again next week, and he’s saving two seats on the bus for a supporter and their guest. We’ll pick the lucky winner in just a few hours.

So make a donation before the big fundraising deadline tonight, and you’ll be automatically entered to join Barack on the road.

The girls and I miss Barack when we’re not on the road with him. But I know he’s looking forward to hanging out with you — so I’ll let you take my seat this time.

Pitch in what you can before tonight’s critical fundraising deadline to be automatically entered to spend some time with Barack on the road:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Tonight

Thanks, and good luck.

- Michelle

srdem65 June 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm

What a bunch of hooey. Who believes that drivel?

MarjoJimbo July 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

My cousin believes it all, unfortunately. And we know there are lots more out there.

Susan June 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

“We’ve had lots of card games, laughs, and fun family moments on that campaign bus.”

Which one? The commie red bus or the black deathstar? I’m with srdem…what a bunch of hooey. This family isn’t exactly the camping type.

QueenOfScott June 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

The Obamas don’t travel by bus…they get on right outside of town. And, besides – it is OUR bus, we paid for it.

Susan June 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Good points. Guess he’ll be hitting all the local high schools. The drones and takers are always dependable attendees to his other campaign events. Doubt any real people who live in Realville will get an audience with King Kardashian on this road trip.

Al June 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I wonder if any of these employees is related to a member of Congress or state legislature. I saw the last name Inouye and wonder if he’s related to someone in Congress.

MarjoJimbo July 1, 2012 at 6:56 am

Considering the cost of living in the DC area, the salaries aren’t that high. What gets me is the NUMBER of employees!

Justavet July 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

Where do all these people sit? It must get quite crowded at times. Or, is it as I suspect most of these people don’t have actual offices in the WH? I bet Obama doesn’t even know half their names, let alone what they do.

RedSt8Kentucky July 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

WH press secretary Jay Carney and Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett make as much as National Security Advisor John Brennan?

Quintis Arrius July 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I noticed that too. Valerie Jarrett. I would ask her one question: Does she think, like her boss, that the call to prayers in the evening is one of the most beautiful sounds from her childhood too?

Susan July 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Nah, in my opinion these guys are more corrupt than they are faithful to their ideology. Their token government salary is all they ‘might’ pay taxes on. Their wealth comes from all these Obama raffles, their Obama merchandise shop, and the campaign events sponsored by We The People. All of King Kardashian’s “folks” will leave government employ in January with far more personal wealth than they had when they arrived to the magical city.

Joel July 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

They’re making “almost” as much as our public school teachers. Of course my school district is broke, but why bother with details.

whitestone July 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there a freeze on federal employee’s salaries. How are the pay increases justified?

Jason July 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Has anybody done an analysis yet to make sure Obama’s paying his female staff according to the Lilly Ledbetter Act?

Jason July 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I think DuBois, Joshua P. has the longest job title I’ve ever seen, “SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF FAITH-BASED AND NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS.” Does he get paid extra if he can remember and recite all of that on cue?