White House Staffers Got 8+ Percent Raises

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  1. freeatlast

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    From the article:

    The White House's salary budget contracted only slightly, from $38.8 million to $37.1 million, largely because the number of staffers fell. The average salary also dropped from $82,721, to $81,765.


    Staff has been cut, overall average salaries fell, and budget has been cut by $1.7M. This is a problem?

    Remaining staffers are probably doing more work than before, shouldn't they get paid more?

    Nowhere did the article say when the last raise occurred.
     
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    Perhaps you missed the beginning, middle and end of the report.

    Of the 270 White House staffers who have been there for more than a year, 146—or 54 percent—received raises, according to Gawker. The average salary increase was 8 percent. If you look at only staffers who got raises, the average increase was twice that.

    "That's a much bigger raise than the average white-collar worker got. According to a survey conducted last year by the human resources consulting firm Mercer, most firms were projecting a 3 percent increase in base pay for executives. White House workers did nearly three times as well...

    But the across-the-board freeze didn't take effect until January 1, 2011, so the most recent report (which goes back to July 2010) features some eye-opening raises, like special assistant to the president for economic policy Matthew Vogel's $59,000, 82 percent raise to an annual salary of $130,500, or director of African American media Kevin Lewis' $36,000, 86 percent pay hike, Gawker reports.
     

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