The White House gave out $1.3 million in raises in the last year

The White House released its 2014 salary list Tuesday, allowing those Americans interested in such things a window into the lives of people in the Obama administration. We are such people! So we crunched a bunch of the numbers.

And there are other perks. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The toplines:

  • The White House employs 456 people, either as employees or detailees. That's down four from 2013.
  • The combined payroll for those employees is just over $37.78 million. That's down about $83,000 from 2013.

  • Between 2013 and 2014, the White House added 161 employees but lost even more. Those new employees earn a combined $12.7 million annually, or, on average, about $79,000 a piece.
  • Between 2013 and 2014, the White House gave raises to 227 of its employees. In total, the White House gave out $1.3 million in raises. The biggest raise went to Chase Cushman, a scheduler, who went from $68,000 a year to $130,000 a year.
  • It also cut the salaries of six employees. Seth Wheeler, an assistant on economic policy, dropped $94,500 in pay.
  • Overall, the salaries of existing employees went up about $1.3 million. That's about $4,400 per person.
  • The average amount of time current employees have been with the White House is 2.75 years. (Or 2.82 years if you count those who left and came back.) Since 2009, the listed staff have worked a combined 1,287 years at the White House.
  • And why not? 322 of the 456 staffers, 71 percent of them, make more than the annual median household income (which was just over $51,000 in 2012).
  • No one has done better for himself in his time at the White House than Cody Keenan, the president's speechwriter. He started in 2009 making $45,000 a year. In 2014, he stayed at the maximum salary for staffers, a sum he reached in 2013: $172,200.

The others at that level:

  • Anthony Blinken, Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Anita Breckenridge, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
  • Kirstie Canegallo, Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation
  • Josh Earnest, Press Secretary
  • Warren Eggleston, Counsel
  • Katherine Fallon, Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs
  • Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser
  • Broderick Johnson, Cabinet Secretary
  • Katy Kale, Assistant for Management and Administration
  • Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff
  • Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council
  • Jennifer Palmieri, Director of Communications
  • Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Adviser
  • John Podesta, Counselor to the President
  • Ben Rhodes, National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications
  • Susan Rice, National Security Adviser
  • David Simas, Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach
  • Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady
  • Danielle White, Director of Scheduling
  • Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council

Combined, those 22 employees comprise 10 percent of the White House staffing budget. President Obama makes $400,000, more than twice as much.

The White House released it's annual list of employee salaries on Tuesday with 22 staffers earning the top amount, $172,200. Here are some of the most familiar names with the biggest pay checks. (JulieAnn McKellogg and Jackie Kucinich/The Washington Post)

And here is the full list:

Philip Bump writes about politics for The Fix. He is based in New York City.



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