White House staff salaries under Obama and Trump, as of June 2017

This statistic provides a breakdown of the differences between the Obama and Trump administrations in regards to the composition of their White House staff in terms of salaries and numbers, as of June 2017. The Trump administration had 60 White House staff earning more than 150,000 U.S. dollars per year. The corresponding figure for the Obama administration was 40.

Number of White House staff in the Obama and Trump administrations, by pay bracket in June 2017

Annual salary in U.S. dollarsObamaTrump
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Release date

June 2017


United States

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Supplementary notes

The figures for the Obama administration refer to the staff salaries in 2016, the final year of the administration.

Trump’s payroll includes one detailee from the Federal Aviation Administration who makes $187,100 per year, which exceeds the maximum salary for White House staff.

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