Missed opportunity

Gender pay gap is even larger in the White House than it is nationally, report finds

U.S. President Donald Trump (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The gender pay gap in the White House is even wider than the national average, according to a recent CNN analysis. After the White House submitted its annual report to Congress last week, it was revealed that male employees earned nearly $104,000 on average, compared to about $83,000 for women. That means that women working in the White House earn an average of 80 cents for every dollar earned by her male colleagues — nationally, women earn an average of 82 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

According to CNN, the primary driver of the White House pay gap is a sharp disparity between the number of men and women working higher-ranked jobs. Despite a relatively even split in the number of men and women working at the White House — approximately 47 percent of White House employees are female — half of all women working in the White House earned $70,100 or less annually, while half of all men earned $95,000 or more.

Senior advisor Steve Bannon (C) stands between U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell (L) and Ivanka Trump at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

The Associated Press reported some of the notable salaries of key figures in President Trump’s White House. Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and Dina Powell — the most public facing of Trump’s aides — are among 22 staff members who earn $179,700 annually. The highest-paid White House staffer is senior policy adviser Mark House who pulls in an annual salary of $187,100. Review the full White House staff salary list here.

Despite presidential daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, who takes no salary, having promised to combat the gender pay gap, the president has pointedly ignored the issue since assuming office. According to research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, closing the wage gap could help women earn nearly $7,000 more a year and reduce the poverty rate for working women in half.

Read the full story at CNN.


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