According to a report by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the “gender pay gap at Trump White House” is three times larger under the Trump administration than during President Obama’s final year in office.
AEI, a “public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity,” says 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,” writes AEI scholar Mark Perry.
AIE compiled the data using median salaries instead of average salaries, because when averaging the numbers, outlier salaries of higher or lower paid employees can affect the figure. The figure found when using median salaries increased the pay gap from 20 percent to nearly 37 percent, according to Perry.
The report says that 73% of the 101 highest-paid employees at the White House are men, and 52% of the 102 lowest-paid White House employees are female.
Trump has said he supports equal pay. “If they do the same job, they should get the same pay,” he said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Trump said pay depends on a thorough economic review, however, stating,“When it comes to categorizing people, men and women into a group, it gets to be very dangerous.”
“When you have to categorize men and women into a particular group and a particular pay scale, it gets very — because people do different jobs,” he added.
“It’s very hard to say what is the same job,” Trump said at the time. “It’s a very, very tricky question.”
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