White House Reports Roughly 1 Percent Pay Gap Between Men and Women in Biden Administration

The White House is reporting roughly a 1 percent pay gap between men and women working under President Joe Biden's administration.

Data from a gender and pay analysis of White House staff released Thursday shows the Biden administration is "the most diverse" in history, said the administration. On average, women working under Biden for the White House make $93,752 while men make $94,639.

"In alignment with the president's commitment to diversity and pay equity, the White House has taken significant steps to ensure the White House staff reflects the diversity of the country and the highest standards of economic and social justice for all," a White House statement said.

Out of Biden's senior White House staff, around 56 percent are women.

During the first year of former President Donald Trump's presidency, there was a 37 percent gender pay gap, according to an American Enterprise Institute analysis. In the first year of former President Barack Obama's administration, there was a 16 percent pay gap.

President Joe Biden and Jill Biden
The White House reported there is roughly a 1 percent pay gap between men and women working under President Joe Biden's administration. In this photo, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walk to board Air Force One prior to their departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, July 1, 2021, as they travel to Surfside, Florida, to visit with families of victims of the 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building collapse. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

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About 36 percent of female senior White House staff come from racially and-or ethnically diverse backgrounds, according to the White House.

The Biden administration published the gender and pay analysis of its staff as it delivered a required annual report to Congress listing the title and salary of every White House office employee.

Overall, about 60 percent of Biden's White House staff is female. Women make up about 50.8 percent of the American population, according to the 2019 U.S. Census, and they make up a 47.0 percent share within the labor force as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Biden, 78, during the campaign sought to fend off suggestions that an older white man wasn't the right person for the presidency at a moment when the nation is grappling with issues like racial injustice and huge pay gaps between men and women.

He sought to frame himself as a transitional candidate who would bake equity into his personnel and policy decisions as president. He picked Kamala Harris for vice president and has pledged to name the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court if given the opportunity.

Biden last week signed an executive order to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility and hired the White House's first chief diversity and inclusion director.

The most powerful members of Biden's inner circle — chief of staff Ron Klain, counselor Steve Ricchetti, senior adviser Mike Donilon, senior adviser Anita Dunn and legislative affairs director Louisa Terrell — are all white.

President Joe Biden and Wife Jill
The White House is reporting roughly a 1 percent pay gap between men and women working under President Joe Biden's administration. In this photo, the president and first lady Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 1, 2021, to board Marine One on their way for a brief stop to switch on Air Force One at nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., that will take them to Florida. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo