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Obama’s Wage Gap Hypocrisy Persists

- July 2, 2014

“The White House Has Not Narrowed The Gap Between The Average Pay Of Male And Female Employees Since President Obama’s First Year In Office…” “The White House has not narrowed the gap between the average pay of male and female employees since President Obama’s first year in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of new salary data.” (Zachary Goldfarb, “Male-Female Pay Gap Remains Entrenched At White House,” The Washington Post, 7/1/14)

  • In 2014, The White House Had A Pay Gap Of 13 Percent, Paying Male Staffers An Average Salary Of $88,600 Compared To $78,400 For Females. “The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400, according to White House data released Tuesday. That is a gap of 13 percent.” (Zachary Goldfarb, “Male-Female Pay Gap Remains Entrenched At White House,” The Washington Post, 7/1/14)

The White House Has More Women In “The Lowest-Paying, Junior Jobs” And More Men In The Highest-Paying Jobs. “One of the key reasons is that more men hold the highest-paying, senior jobs in the White House, and more women hold the lowest-paying, junior jobs. Today, there are 87 male White House officials who make more than $100,000, compared to 53 female White House officials. The gap narrows, but persists, at the highest echelons of the White House.” (Zachary Goldfarb, “Male-Female Pay Gap Remains Entrenched At White House,” The Washington Post, 7/1/14)

The White House’s Wage Gap Is Due To Similar Factors That Account “For The Broader Discrepancy” That Obama Claims He Wants To Fix. “What accounts for the wage gap at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? It is probably part of what accounts for the broader discrepancy between men and women's salaries: Women often take time off or scale back their hours to take care of children, and make up a disproportionate share of employees in lower-earning professions.” (Juliet Eilperin, “The White House’s Own Wage Gender Gap,” The Washington Post, 4/7/14)

  • CNN’s John King: White House Equal Pay Rhetoric A “Textbook Case” Of “Do As I Say, Not As I Do.” CNN’S JOHN KING: “Let’s start with the White House. The President today will sign a couple of executive orders to advance the cause of equal pay for women. Let’s call this a textbook case, Margaret, of do as I say, not as I do. As The White House says women should be treated equally, Jay Carney, the Press Secretary, was asked yesterday about this statistic. Women at house get 88 cents on the dollar compared to men. Jay Carney says, well, we're making progress.” JAY CARNEY: “We are, as an institution here, have aggressively addressed this challenge. And obviously though at the 88 cents that you cite, that is not 100 but it is better than the national average.” KING: “It's better than the national average. I guess the coach would say, is that the best you got?” (CNN’s New Day, 4/8/14)

The Latest Analysis Of White House Salaries Matches With Previous Estimates Of Obama’s Own Pay Gap

An Analysis Of The White House’s 2013 Salary Report Found A 12 Percent Gap In Median Annual Salaries For Men And Women. “Even as Mr. Obama seeks to make an issue of the gender gap in compensation across the country, however, his own hiring is facing some scrutiny. The recent study, by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, showed that the median annual salary for women in the White House last year was $65,000, while the median annual salary for men was $73,729. The study was based on White House salary data.” (Michael D. Shear and Annie Lowrey, “As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap In Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny,” The New York Times, 4/7/14)

An Analysis By Politifact Of The White House’s 2011 Salary Report Found A 13 Percent Pay Gap Between The Median Annual Salaries For Men And Women. “‘According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000),’ the Beacon wrote. … When we downloaded the same statistics from the White House website and ran the numbers, we came up with similar results -- $63,240 for women and $72,876 for men. So women in the White House, by our calculations, earn 87 percent of what their male colleagues at the White House do, not far off from what the Free Beacon found.”

According To A Washington Post Analysis, Obama’s White House Had A 13 Percent Wage Gap In Obama’s First Year In Office. “In 2009, male employees made an average of about $82,000, compared to an average of $72,700 earned by female employees — also a 13 percent wage gap.” (Zachary Goldfarb, “Male-Female Pay Gap Remains Entrenched At White House,” The Washington Post, 7/1/14)

And Obama’s White House Is Not Alone – Democrat Senators Pay Women, On Average, Less Than Men

According To An Analysis, Senate Democrats Pay Female Staffers An Average Of Over $5,500 Less Than Male Staffers. “The analysis shows female staffers in Democratic Senate offices were paid just 91 cents for each dollar paid to male staffers. The average salary for a woman was more than $5,500 below the average salary for a man. Men received higher average salaries in more than two-thirds of the 43 Senate offices analyzed.” (Bret Scher, "Senate Dems Remain On Front Lines Of War On Women," The Washington Free Beacon, 4/8/14)


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