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Women working for the Trump White House make much less than their male counterparts, according to an analysis of their median salaries from an economist.
Mark Perry, a scholar at conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute, said the median salary of women working in the White House is $72,650, whereas the median salary for men is $115,000. That amounts to a gender gap of nearly 37% – or, in other words, female staffers earn 63.2 cents for every $1 their male counterparts earn.
Perry took issue with media reports about the White House pay gap that compared the average, or mean, salaries of men and women in the White House, which he said actually underestimates the pay gap. If you analyze salaries using the mean, women would make $84,500, while men bring in $105,000, resulting in a pay gap of about 20%.
“If you report gender differences in median earnings at the national level, then shouldn’t you report differences in median earnings at the Trump White House?” Perry wrote.
According to the Pew Research Center, the pay gap has narrowed since 1980. Its analysis of median earnings in 2015 found that women make 83% of what men make.
Perry’s analysis, along with the media reports he criticized, are based on the White House’s annual report of the salaries and titles of its staff, which was released on Friday.
Of the top 101 paid officials at the White House, nearly three-quarters of them were men, he wrote.
Despite taking issue with the disparity with the media reports versus his own analysis, Perry said he couldn’t criticize President Trump for the gap itself – because he didn’t believe the president had made an issue of it, unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama:
Unlike Obama, Trump has not made the gender pay gap an issue and he has never made outrageous (and false) claims like Obama did that “Women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.” Further, Trump ignored Equal Pay Day in April this year and didn’t follow in Obama’s eight-year tradition of bringing attention annually to that bogus feminist holiday with a presidential proclamation. So I can’t criticize Trump this year like I have called out Obama in past years for hypocrisy about the gender pay gap.
Still, he had some words of criticism for at least one member of the administration: Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, who is working an unpaid role as an adviser to the president and has advocated for closing the pay gap.
“If you are going to promote the statistical falsehood behind Equal Pay Day — that gender discrimination is the main explanatory factor for any aggregate, unadjusted gender differences in earnings — then you might want to investigate the whopping 37% (and $42,350) gender pay gap at your father’s White House,” he wrote.
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