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White House gender pay gap worse than national average, report says

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Cecilia Poole | 06 July, 2017, 00:19

A White House staff salary document shows that 22 of Trump's aides, including some of the best-known to the public, are earning $179,700.

The average salary for men in the White House is around $104,000, while for women it's around $83,000, according to CNN's look at the White House's annual report to Congress.

Women working in the White House are paid an average salary of 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male colleagues. Several high profile Trump staffers have Jersey connections. Twenty-two employees are paid that much, including nearly all of the most well-known members of the administration.

But there are 16 men who are making that top figure at the White House Office, with another who is on detail making even more.

They include chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus, press secretary Sean Spicer and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway. Three of the eight employees in that category are women.

In July 2016, the American Enterprise Institute analyzed the White House's report from that year, and found the pay disparity has increased under Trump. "I will always have your back", Trump said, addressing the men and women serving in the US military. In April, equal-pay advocates criticized the president for signing an executive order that rolled back a regulation meant to protect women's ability to earn the same as men.

President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka has campaigned for equal pay since being named one of his advisers.

The disparity can be attributed to how more women are filling low-ranking jobs, reported CNN, as part of its analysis.

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