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Some White House Staffers get raises, others do not

Some White House Staffers get raises, others do not

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on July 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 7 at 10:26 AM

In the last year many people were lucky to see any kind of pay raise, so were some White House staffers. However others are taking home considerably more this year than they did last year.

The White House just released its list of White House staff salaries which is required each year. The White House spends slightly less than $39 million dollars a year on staff salaries. The lowest full time staffer makes $37,826 while the highest makes $172,000 a year.

Here are some examples of what I found when I compared last year’s salaries with this year’s salaries.

Most of the special assistants to the President are making exactly what they made last year including Francis Kelleher, Jr. and Matthew Onek, who are paid $110,000 a year. The highest paid assistants will bring home $149,000 again this year.

However, lots of White House staffers saw significant raises.

For example Policy assistant Lauren Dunn went from making $45,000 last year to $50,000 this year an 11 percent pay raise.

Laura Castillo, a correspondence analyst for the White House made $36,000 in 2009. This year her salary is $42,000 a 16 percent pay raise.

Two Presidential speechwriters Jonathan Lovett and Cody Keenan received some of the biggest raises. They both made $45,000 in 2009 but are now making $75,000. That’s a 67 percent pay raise.

You can check out the lists for yourself click the links below.

2010 White House Staff Salaries

2009 White House Staff Salaries