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Women Get Short Straw for Pay on Capitol Hill

(File Photo) Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Testifying on Capitol Hill as a woman can be tough. But being a woman working for the Republican leadership can also be tough -- on your pocketbook.

Men who work for House Republican leaders -- as chiefs of staff, legislative aides and in other jobs -- earned an average of $68 more per day of work than women in the House GOP leadership, according to 2011 salary data analyzed by the non-partisan Legistorm. That means men earn about $24,000 more per year than women within the House's Republican leadership. The gender pay gap in the Democratic House leadership was about $1,500 yearly.

In the Senate, the gap was even larger. Men working for the Senate GOP leadership earned, on average, $73 more for each day they worked than females in the GOP's Senate leadership, or about $27,000 more per year, according to the analysis, which was first reported by the National Journal. Female staffers in the Democratic Senate leadership earned about $5,000 less than men.

"Nowadays women are as equal as men, they are equally as smart as men and we know in Washington, D.C. they are equally interested in politics, so if you find a gap, it's cause for concern," said Ariane Hegewisch, a study director at the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Legistorm founder and president Jock Friedly said the data showed that when men and women held the same job title, they made "relatively the same amount." The issue, he said, stems from promotions.

"Many more men were making it into the higher ranks on Capitol Hill, and therefore overall pay for men was much higher than for women," Friedly said.

When taken together, women held fewer senior positions and thus had lower pay. But there are plenty of exceptions to the rule. For example, the highest ranking Republican in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has a female chief of staff.

And for four years the highest ranking person in the House was a woman, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

"When I was speaker, I was the highest-paid person on Capitol Hill, and women took great joy in that," Pelosi said at a news conference in May. "But I can't speak to what the Senate -- it's, needless to say, it's another world."

The Senate has never been led by a woman.

Both parties are guilty of this promotion gap, but it is much more prevalent among Republicans, where all male staffers earned about $10,000 more on average than female GOP staffers in both chambers. There are four times as many male chiefs of staff in Republican offices than there are female chiefs of staff. Democratic chiefs of staff are split fairly evenly down gender lines, with 184 men and 135 women.

But while women on Capitol Hill seem to be getting the short straw on pay, they are still doing better in Congress than in their private-sector counterparts. Nationwide, women earn about 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. That is a wider gap than on Capitol Hill, where the Legistorm analysis showed women make 86 percent as much as men.

Hegewisch argued Congress does better on than the private-sector on gender pay gaps because of the transparency of Congressional salaries.

Congressional staff salaries are a matter of public record, a fact that Hegewisch said reduces inequalities in bonuses or pay raises. She said the smaller pay gaps in Congress could also be due to the overall lower pay of Congressional staffers.

While CEOs and vice presidents of public companies, only about 16 percent of whom are women, can make millions, the chiefs of staff in Congressional offices earn around $150,000.

"I think very few people deliberately discriminate," Hegewisch said.

But, she said, since every Congressional office sets its own rules for pay structures and promotions, the process is "pretty deregulated, and the more deregulated the process is the more likely you are going to get some kind of discrimination."

"Even our Congress people, that should be fair and above it, they all have different rules and different preferences and then discrimination creeps in," Hegewisch said.

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How Much Do White House Staffers Get Paid? Report Released

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Friday released annual pay data for President Obama's staff.  

Yearly salaries for the president's aides range from $172,200 for Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and assistant to the president, Press Secretary Jay Carney and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon to $0, which is what Special Assistant Andrew Parker and David Kaden, a senior policy advisor, get.

The White House is required to hand over the salary information to Congress in accordance with a 1995 law.  The full report can be viewed here.

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White House Releases Staffers' Salaries

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama pays 21 White House staffers the maximum allowable salary, $172,200 a year, the White House disclosed Friday in its annual report of salaries.
These top wage earners include all of those given the assignation “assistant to the president”: chief of staff Bill Daley, national security adviser Tom Donilon, top speechwriter Jon Favreau, counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, senior advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Plouffe, press secretary Jay Carney and communications director Dan Pfeiffer -- whose first name is Howard, the disclosure reveals.
The annual disclosure of salaries is one of the drawbacks of working in government -- imagine your own workplace if such personal data was revealed each year, and you could see your numerical value to your boss.
In November 2010, President Obama, whose annual salary is $400,000, froze the salaries of every staffer making more than $100,000. So the only way for a staffer to get a raise over that threshold is to get a new job, as when deputy press secretary Josh Earnest became, upon the departure of Bill Burton, the principal deputy press secretary.
The president pays his “body man” Reggie Love $102,000, his adviser on faith-based issues Josh Dubois $100,000 and his manufacturing adviser Ron Bloom $163,000.
Press pool “wrangler” Ben Finkenbinder gets to play golf and pickup basketball with the president, but that hasn’t bumped up his salary: he’s one of the lowest paid at $50,000.
But Finkenbinder, who departs the White House Friday to work on the president’s re-election campaign in Chicago, is not the lowest paid.  
Sixty four of the 454 White House staffers, make less than $43,000 a year. Movie actor Kal Penn (actual name: Kalpen Modi) makes $41,000 a year for his work in the office of public liaison, a fraction of the cost of munchies on the set of A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, coming this holiday season to a theater near you.
Two White House advisors, Shale Wong and Jessica Schumer, receive $0 in salary, but are on fellowships sponsored by nonprofit organizations.  A third adviser who receives $0, Patricia McGinnis, works part-time and provides advice on periodic trainings for presidential appointees authorized by Congress.

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