The gender pay gap for White House staffers is three times larger under the Trump administration than it was during President Obama’s last year in office, according to a think tank’s analysis. Conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Monday found that since Trump took office, female staffers are making a median of $72,650 while male staffers earn a median of $115,000. “The typical female staffer in Trump’s White House earns 63.2 cents per $1 earned by a typical male staffer,” AEI scholar Mark Perry wrote – a gap of nearly 37 percent.
The pay gap stood at about 11 percent during former President Obama’s last year in office, and the national pay gap clocks in at roughly 17 percent, the report said.
The data, compiled by AEI and reported on by The Washington Post, found that when median salaries are used instead of average salaries, the pay gap shoots up from the initial 20 percent difference first reported on.
Averages can be skewed by outlier salaries that can drive the figure up or down, meaning one highly-paid female staffer can give the impression that all other women in the White House are paid slightly more than they actually are.
This gap in salaries could be tied to who is holding higher-paid positions: Perry found that nearly 74 percent of the top 23 Trump staffers are male, compared to 52 percent under Obama. Trump has said that he backs equal pay for women and in February called helping women in the workforce a priority for his administration.