Women in WH Earn 80 Cents on the Dollar Compared to Men

According to a CNN analysis of the annual report to Congress, women working at the presidential office are earning 80 cents to every dollar paid to their male colleagues.

Compare that to the final year of Barack Obama's administration, where the gap closed to women making 11% less than men at the White House and that's a more than three-fold increase in the gender pay gap at 1600 Penn.

The White House released salary information of its 377 staffers on June 30 in line with a Congressional rule dating back to 1995. The median White House female staffer under Trump makes $72,650, while the median salary for men is $115,000. Twenty-two employees are paid that salary and six of those are women. They include well-known aides such as special counselor Kellyanne Conway, director of strategic communications Hope Hicks and reality television star turned presidential staffer Omarosa Manigault.

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The top salary for a White House staff member is $179,700.

Past reporting indicates the disparity is not new to the Trump White House - though it may be more pronounced.

Around 47 percent of the 359 regular employees at the White House are women - and 53 per cent men.

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As with many topics, the White House has given mixed messages on its dedication to ensuring equal pay between the sexes.

"Trump has not made the wage gap an issue, but his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump tweeted her support of closing the gender pay gap on April 4, writing "#EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work. We must work to close the gender pay gap! Just a little over a week into his presidency, Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, equal pay legislation named for a woman who discovered at the end of her 19-year career that she'd been paid less than her male colleagues all along.

CNN calculated the gender gap using employee names and research.

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