Even the highest-level jobs in politics aren’t that lucrative, but they will certainly keep you comfortable. The salary information of American elected officials is publicly available as it is American taxpayers who cover the paychecks of these officials. See for yourself how much the White House staff makes. Perhaps some of these jobs might appeal to you.
Donald Trump (President) — $400,000
There are some nice financial perks to holding the country’s highest office, one of which is an annual salary of $400,000. On top of that tidy sum, there is also an expense allowance of $50,000 given yearly, a travel account of $100,000, and a $19,000 entertainment allowance, CNBC reports. Since 2001, every president who has been in office has earned this amount.
Mike Pence (Vice President) — $230,700
Vice President Mike Pence earns $230,700 a year, similar to his predecessor, Joe Biden. Since 2010, that amount hasn’t changed. In 2019, Pence was due for a slight raise which would’ve increased his pay to $243,500 annually but the bump never happened due to the government shutdown occurring at the time. Nevertheless, the veep has joked about being thrifty and said he purchases two for one suits, even with his respectable paycheck.
Mick Mulvaney (Acting Chief Of Staff) — $203,500
Another tough job that comes with a competitive salary is serving as the chief of staff to the president. Currently, very few White House employees get paid over $200,000 annually. Mick Mulvaney earns $203,500. Taking over in early 2019, Mulvaney is Trump’s third chief of staff since the President took office. In Obama’s White House, five different people took on the role in eight years, including Denis McDonough who made $176,461 in 2016.
Peter Navarro (Assistant To The President For Trade And Manufacturing Policy) — $183,000
A total of 22 White House employees under Trump gets paid $183,000 annually, with Peter Navarro being one of them. The Harvard graduate is the President’s top man regarding trade and manufacturing policy. Navarro has been a cabinet member since the beginning and he leads the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, which Trump created in 2017. This means Navarro has no predecessor with whom we can compare salaries with.
Lindsay Reynolds (Chief Of Staff To The First Lady) — $183,000
The president’s spouse also gets their staff, and the person that leads it is given a nice pay. Pictured at left below is Lindsay Reynolds, who became Melania Trump’s chief of staff in 2017. Reynolds also served under George W. Bush and during that time, she was the associate director of the White House Visitors Office. Currently, the first lady’s staff has 12 employees, and Reynolds leads them. During Obama’s tenure, the chief of staff of then-first lady Michelle Obama was Christina Tchen, who made $176,461 a year.
Andrew Olmem (Deputy Director Of The National Economic Council) — $168,000
Established in 1993, the National Economic Council is responsible for providing leadership in all aspects of economic policy. In the Trump administration, several employees are called a special assistant to the president for economic policy. They all earn at least $120,000 annually, but Andrew Olmem gets paid a tidy $168,000 for serving as the National Economic Council deputy director. Under Obama, Jason Miller made $149,654 with the same job title in 2016.
Larry Kudlow (Director Of The National Economic Council) — $183,000
Even though the White House salary report only says Larry Kudlow is an assistant to the president in economic policy, he is the director of the National Economic Council too, a role he started taking on in April 2018. Before that, he was a CNBC host and also worked under President Reagan. Kudlow directs the president’s economic policies and gets paid $183,000 for his work, while Jeff Zients earned $176,461 doing the same job in Obama’s administration.
Roger L. Stone (Director Of White House Information Technology) — $168,000
A great information technology staff is needed in every workplace and the Trump White House pays its IT director, Roger L. Stone, $168,000 a year. He landed the job in February 2019, after Chris Herndon decided to leave the post. Obama created the position, making it a relatively new job at the White House. During Obama’s tenure, the position was held by David Recordon in 2016 and he was paid $121,752 to keep the tech at the White House running smoothly.
Bethany Pritchard (Director Of White House Travel Office) — $92,400
Honestly, it seems like this job should pay more. The responsibilities of the director of the White House travel office include booking accommodations and making travel arrangements for White House press corps members that accompany officials on trips and getting payment in return from different media outlets. Bethany Pritchard landed the job in April of 2019 after starting as a staff assistant in the Trump administration in 2017. Nevertheless, her salary is still relatively better than that of Ashley Tate-Gilmore, who received $77,625 in 2016 in the Obama administration.
Dominique Dansky Bari (Director Of Stenography) — $95,500
The director of stenography is one of the few positions at the White House which isn’t driven by political alignment. In June 2017, Dominique Dansky Bari started working in the Trump administration but before that, she already served as Obama’s deputy director of stenography starting in 2014. Her job responsibilities include managing the official White House stenographers. These staff members take notes on all of the meetings and after official events, they deliver the transcripts to the media. Margaret Suntum was the director of stenography in Obama’s White House and she earned $117,846 in 2016, meaning the job got a pay cut under Trump.
Rickie Niceta (Social Secretary) — $168,000
The role of the social secretary for the White House has been tagged as the “least controversial” job by the Washington Post. The role entails planning and executing various social events that are hosted by the White House. Anna “Rickie” Niceta was chosen by First lady Melania Trump for the position because Niceta has twenty years of event planning experience. She receives an annual salary of $168,000, while Deesha Dyer got paid $119,723 in 2016 in Obama’s White House.
Stephanie Grisham (Press Secretary) — $183,000
Trump’s mouthpiece for the press, Stephanie Grisham is among the highest-paid staff member at the White House. You might not have noticed, but being a press secretary is an extremely tough gig. She is the third press secretary since 2017 when Trump took office. In the same year that the Trump administration started, Sean Spicer abruptly resigned. Then, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, his replacement, also abruptly resigned in 2019. In 2016, Josh Earnest, Obama’s Press Secretary, got paid $176,461.
Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner (Advisor To The President And Senior Advisor) — $0
President Trump has gotten praise for maintaining his White House payroll lean, which extends to a pair of his closest advisors. His daughter Ivanka Trump serves as an advisor to the president and her husband, Jared Kushner, holds the title senior advisor. Their names are included in the White House salary report, though there is a nice $0 next to them, as they both have opted not to accept payment for their position.
Molly Michael (Executive Assistant To The President) — $120,000
There are several jobs under the umbrella of the Oval Office operations, with Molly Michael’s job being among the most important. She’s the president’s executive assistant, and she makes $120,000 a year for basically being Trump’s right-hand woman. In Trump’s White House, seven other people has the title of an executive assistant, each getting paid from $48,000 to $58,200 a year.
John Bolton (Assistant To The President For National Security Affairs) — $183,000
Another $183k club member, John Bolton as Trump’s national security advisor before resigning in September 2019. This job entails reporting on national security matters to the president. It also includes serving on the advisory body producing sensitive intelligence information known as the National Security Council. In Obama’s administration, Susan Rice served in the same position and made $176,461 a year in 2016.
Anne LeHardy (Director Of Media Operations For The Office Of The First Lady) — $72,700
Also called the East Wing, the Office of the First Lady has its own staff, such as communications officials. In 2018, Anne LeHardy landed the job of being the communications coordinator for Melania Trump after working in the private sector. The White House salary report in 2019 listed LeHardy as Melania’s director of media operations, a role that pays $72,700. In Obama’s White House, there was no one with the same job title but in 2016, Joanna Rosholm served as the deputy communications director for Michelle Obama and earned $78,124 a year.
Lee Ann Clark (Chief Calligrapher) — $99,400
Who knew calligraphy would be such a lucrative skill these days? Currently, three calligraphers are listed on the White House staff and the lowest-paid earns $72,800 annually. Chief calligrapher Lee Ann Clark earns $99,400 for her beautiful writing that adorns official certificates, programs, name cards, invitations, and other documents. Under Obama, three calligraphers were also on staff, and the top scribe got paid $100,110 in 2016.
Sean Doocey (Director Of Presidential Personnel) — $168,000
When there is a need to fill a position, the Presidential Personnel Office vets possible candidates and make recommendations for potential candidates. The U.S. Senate may have to confirm these candidates. Earning an annual salary of $168,000, Director of the PPO Sean Doocey showed his role’s power recently by shooting down two candidates for the position of secretary of Homeland Security whom Trump endorsed. In the Obama administration, Rodin Mehrbani held the same title and earned $172,200 in 2016.
Frank Walsh (Ethics Counsel) — $151,633
It is worth a pretty penny to provide the president with legal advice on matters of ethics. Trump has two lawyers in his staff and both hold the title of ethics counsel. Frank Walsh, a Georgetown law graduate, earns more than the other. He once was a judge advocate for the United States Army Reserve and was a former ethics counsel for the U.S. Agency for International Development. In Obama’s administration, there were also two ethics counsel attorneys and the highest-paid earned $123,406 in 2016.
Jessica Ditto (Deputy Director of Communications) — $168,000
The communications staff is essential for any political office, including the White House. Since Trump’s campaign in 2016, Jessica Ditto has been working for him. She has been the deputy director of communications since he started as president in 2017. She gets paid $168,000 in the role, while Adam Kennedy, who has the same title under Trump, gets paid $158,000 for. Under Obama, Jennifer Psaki served as the director of communications and made $174,714 in 2016.
Dana Hurtik (Acting Director Of White House Visitors Office) — $95,800
One of the world’s most well-known residences, the White House sees a lot of tourists every year. Maintaining the facility and hosting tours are the responsibility of the White House Visitors Office. Dana Hurtik started being the White House Visitors Office acting director in 2017 and earned $95,800 as of 2019. In Obama’s White House, Ellie Schafer held the position and got paid $116,679 in 2016.
Samuel Brown (Senior Videographer) — $72,700
If you work at the White House, there is a lot to record on video. In Trump’s administration, there are two videographers listed on staff, including Samuel Brown (not pictured below). The White House senior videographer gets paid $72,700 annually, while another videographer earns $64,400. In Obama’s administration, the only videographer was Hope Hall. For filming the biggest moments of the president, she made $76,095 in 2016.
Brittany Baldwin And Theodore Royer (Speechwriter) — $120,000
There are four speechwriters on staff in Trump’s White House, including Brittany Baldwin and Theodore Royer, both of whom get paid $120,000 and earning more than the other two speechwriters. Baldwin and Royer help the president with some thoughtful remarks to say at his speaking engagements. In 2016, there were nine speechwriters on staff under Obama and the range of their salary was from $42,613 to $176,461.
Hannah Zakaria (West Wing Receptionist) — $48,800
Searching through the 2019 payroll report, we found 60 members of the White House staff who earned an annual salary of less than $50,000. One of them is the West Wing receptionist, Hannah Zakaria. She started at the White House as an intern in September 2018 and three months later, she took on her current role. Leah Katz-Hernandez held the unenviable position in 2016. She pulled down $48,000 as Obama’s West Wing receptionist.
Kellyanne Conway (Assistant To The President And Senior Counselor) — $183,000
Several members of the White House staff are listed as the assistant to the president, but there is only one senior counselor and that is Kellyanne Conway. She has been with Trump since his campaign’s early days and has been rewarded, getting paid $183,000 a year. During Obama’s tenure, no senior counselor was on staff, so it’s not easy to compare Conway’s salary to that of previous advisors, but Trump clearly values her role since she’s among the highest-paid staff members.
John Czwartacki (Senior Adviser to the Chief of Staff for Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement) – $239,595
In the federal government, it is rare for an assistant to earn more than their boss, but it is not impossible. John Czwartacki makes $239,595 per year working for the chief of staff for strategy and stakeholder engagement. He is the senior adviser. Czwartacki is currently the highest-paid member of the White House staff.
Stephen Miller (Senior Advisor for Policy) – $183,000
Stephen Miller earns an annual salary of $183,000 serving as senior advisor for policy and assistant to the president. He wrote the first State of the Union address of President Trump, but Miller is better known for being the force behind the tough stance of the administration on immigration policy. Also, he has pushed Trump’s agenda to get a wall built at the border of Mexico. Miller is often called Trump’s right-hand man.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Former Press Secretary) – $183,000
When Sarah Huckabee Sanders was still serving as a press secretary, she made $183,000 annually. However, she resigned in 2019 and Stephanie Grisham took over her role. Sanders was the White House public voice. She is known for having admitted to investigators that she made statements to the public even though she had known beforehand that the statements were not true.
Mercedes Schlapp (Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications) – $183,000
In 2017, Mercedes Schlapp joined the White House team and worked for communications. She currently gets an annual salary of $183,000. However, it has been announced that she will be leaving in 2020 to start focusing on the re-election campaign of Trump.
Brooke Rollins (Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives) – $183,000
Prison reform activist Brooke Rollins’ job entails working with the President in applying “private sector solutions to the nation’s problems.” The title she holds is that of Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and currently earns $183,000 a year.
Pasquale Cipollone (Counsel to the President) – $183,000
Pasquale Cipollone advises the President on legal matters and gets paid $183,000 a year for his work. Cipollone took over the role when Don McGahn resigned after hearing the White House was getting ready to make McGahn a scapegoat for possible obstruction of justice charges against Trump. McGhan also refused to prosecute James Comey and Hillary Clinton.
Emma Doyle (Deputy Chief of Staff) – $183,000
The deputy chief of staff and assistant to President Emma Doyle earns $183,000 a year working at the White House. She is 31 years old and one of the youngest members of the White House staff. In the past, she was Mick Mulvaney’s chief of staff when he was the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Madeleine Westerhout (Director of Oval Office Operations) – $145,000
Madeleine Westerhout received an annual salary of $145,000 when she served as the director of oval office operations. She started as a special assistant to President Trump in 2017 and got paid $95,000 a year then. In August 2019, however, she was let go after Trump learned that she had shared details of Oval Office operations and the Trump family with reporters in an off the record dinner.
Nicole Frazier (Director of Strategic Partnerships & African American Outreach) – $106,000
Nicole Frazier’s job as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and African American Outreach pays $106,000 a year. In 2019, she started taking on the role. Omarosa Manigault Newman once held the role but she got fired in 2017.
Christopher Liddell (Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination) – $30,000
As it turns out, people are working at the White House that do not make a great salary. Deputy chief of staff for policy coordination and assistant to the president Christopher Liddell earns an annual salary of $30,000. His responsibilities include “overseeing the Administration’s efforts to streamline the Federal Government’s regulatory process and modernize its technology systems,” the White House site reports. Liddell has the lowest salary at the White House.
Andrew P. Bremberg (Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy) – $179,700
Andrew Bremberg is currently nominated for the position of the United States representative to the United Nations European Office and he makes $179,700 a year. Before working for Trump’s administration, Bremberg was the counsel on nominations and policy advisor for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s policy director during his presidential candidacy.
John J. DeStefano (Counselor) – $179,700
John DeStefano earned an annual salary of $179,700 when he was a counselor and an assistant to the President from 2018 to 2019. He oversaw intergovernmental affairs in the past. When DeStefano first entered the administration, he served as the Director of Presidential Personnel. He left in May 2019 and became an adviser to an e-cigarette company called Juul.
Emmet T. Flood (Special Counsel to the President) – $179,700
After Don McGahn resigned, Emmet Flood became the interim White House Counsel from October 2018 until December 2018. Flood now serves as President Trump’s Special Counsel and makes $179,700 per year.
Jason D. Greenblatt (Special Representative for International Negotiations) – $179,700
Jason Greenblatt serves as a special representative for international negotiations, a position created for him by President Donald Trump. He earns an annual salary of $179,700. Greenblatt used to be the chief legal officer and executive vice president of The Trump Organization but he is now an assistant to the President.
Joseph W. Hagin (Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations) – $179,700
Another White House worker that made $179,700 a year, Joseph Hagin was the deputy chief of staff for operations and an assistant to the President from 2017 to 2018. He held the same position when President George W. Bush was in office from 2001 to 2008.
John. F. Kelly (Chief of Staff) – $179,700
John Kelly is a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who served as President Trump’s White House chief of staff from 2017 until 2019. He earned $179,700 per year. He is currently a board member of Caliburn International.
Marcia L. Kelly (Director of the Office of Administration) – $179,700
Director of the Office of Administration and assistant to President Marcia Kelly makes $179,700 annually. She first worked at the White House in the year 2016 as the former director of operations for the 2016 RNC convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Derek S. Lyons (Staff Secretary) – $179,700
Derek Lyons serves as an assistant to the President and White House staff secretary. In 2018, he became the acting staff secretary, earning $179,700 a year. He was previously Sen. Rob Portman’s deputy staff secretary and general counsel.
Donald F. McGahn II (Counsel to the President) – $179,700
Donald McGhan was President Trump’s White House counsel from 2016 to 2018 when he decided to resign. When he was still working at the White House, he made $179,700 annually. Before he worked with the President, he was on the Federal Election Commission for over 5 years.
Mira R. Ricardel (Deputy National Security Advisor) – $179,700
Mira Ricardel used to serve as the deputy national security adviser and also earned $179,700 annually at the White House. She didn’t last that long, though. She was only in office for less than a year and was fired at First Lady Melania Trump’s request.
Brooke L. Rollins (Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives) – $179,700
Currently, Brooke Rollins is the Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and makes – you guessed it – $179,700 annually. Rollins is a lawyer who used to be the president and CEO of a free-market think tank called the Texas Public Policy Foundation which is based in Austin. She held that position from 2003 to 2018.
Daniel J. Scavino (Director of Social Media) – $179,700
Daniel Scavino now earns $179,700 annually as the Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President. As it turns out, he writes Donald Trump’s Twitter posts. Scavino used to be the general manager at Trump National Golf Club Westchester.
Marc T. Short (Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs) – $179,700
Today Marc Short is working as the Vice President’s chief of staff and was previously employed as President Trump’s White House Director of Legislative Affairs. In his former position he earned $179,000 a year.
Robert B. Blair (Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff) – $183,000
The assistant to the President and senior adviser to the chief of staff is known as Robert Blair. With these titles he brings home $183,000 a year and also used to work as associate director for national security programs for the Office of Management and Budget.
John A. Eisenberg (Legal Advisor to the National Security Council) – $183,000
John Eisenberg is the deputy counsel to the president for national security affairs and legal advisor to the National Security Council, earning $183,000 a year. Before working at the White House, he was a partner with the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.