President Donald Trump is paying women who work for him in the White House far less than what their male counterparts are earning, giving them only 80 cents for every dollar men are making. Previously he has said that women “will make the same if they do as good a job.”
Trump must not think they’re doing as good a job then according to an analysis on the White House’s annual report to Congress.
According to an analysis of salary information for all of the White House’s 377 staffed employees, the average salary for a man is about $104,000 a year, making it $20,000 higher than women who are only averaging earnings of about $84,000.
This is even greater (although not by a lot) than the national average being reported by the US Labor Department, which says that women in the US earn about 82 cents for every dollar a man made in 2016.
One reason for this pay gap stems from Trump not hiring women to fill enough senior roles in his administration.
Only six of the top highest paying 22 jobs are currently held by them: senior adviser Kellyanne Conway; director of communications for the office of public liaison Omarosa Manigault; Assistant to the President and director of strategic communications Hope Hicks; deputy national security advisor Kathleen McFarland; deputy national security adviser for strategy Dina Powell; and chief of staff to the First Lady Lindsay Reynolds.
The other reason is that Trump is hiring more women for lower-ranking jobs. Half the men working at the White House make $95,000 or more annually, while half the women $70,100 or less.
While it’s true the Obama administration was criticized for having a gender pay gap as well, the truth is it was not by nearly as much, and it was significantly higher than the national average.
So far in Trump’s administration, he has yet to make gender pay an issue, but his daughter Ivanka once voiced her support for it.