It Takes a Village
Running operations at the White House is expensive — $50 million a year, the highest that budget’s been in history Forbes says. The Biden White House employs a staff of about 570 people (not including caretakers for the building and grounds). That includes 22 at the top of the salary range ($180,000) and 64 at the bottom ($48,000, mostly assistants or deputy assistants). The top two salaries belong to “detailees,” or experts the White House has borrowed from other agencies to address important policy issues. For the record, the president’s annual salary is $400,000; the vice president makes $235,100. Here’s a look at who makes up the top tier of White House employees (as of a July 1 report to Congress). In addition to their listed titles, they all carry the designation of assistant to the president (except detailees Molly Groom and Elizabeth Hone).