Sean Spicer and Omarosa Manigault are pulling in the same paycheck.
Working for Donald Trump can be… difficult. He’s mercurial and quick-tempered; he demands unconditional loyalty, and he won’t hesitate to publicly criticize a colleague. He can always be relied upon to say something he shouldn’t.
But here’s one perk of the job: complete salary transparency! In a tradition (read: Congressional requirement) that dates back to 1995, the White House on June 30 released salary information (pdf) for its 377 staffers, including everyone from press secretary Sean Spicer to public liaison Omarosa Manigault (who, incidentally, both make the maximum of $179,700 per year).
Overall, 22 people on the White House payroll earn the $179,700 maximum, among them chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, and chief of staff Reince Preibus. (Senior policy advisor Mark House, making $187,100, is one of 18 “detailees,” who have been seconded to the White House from other agencies.) Added up, the salaries of all 377 staffers equal $36.6 million, with a median of $89,000. That compares with $39.8 million for Barack Obama’s first-year staff of 472 people, who had a median salary of $73,051.
One fun standout: Former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn is making just $30,000 a year for his role as director of the National Economic Council/Trump’s chief economic advisor. Seeing as Cohn is worth between $252 million and $611 million, and received a Goldman exit package worth $100 million, 30 grand is probably his monthly wine budget.
Here’s a list of White House staffers, ranked by salary.