For all you West Wing fans out there

(Yes, yes, I know that the TV show's been cancelled, but some of us are still working our way through the later seasons on DVD.)

So how much does a White House staffer make? The National Journal will be happy to tell you , at least for Bush's current administration (via By The Way).

It seems that the salaries are "largely controlled at the discretion of the president", which makes me wonder if President Bartlet was as generous, seeing as Josh says his "government salary may not be a lot" (see "Isaac and Ishmael").

Interestingly, the report also says, "The White House is not required by law to make public any complete accounting of staff or individual salaries." Which doesn't quite gel with the season 3 plot point, when it's claimed that the White House has to submit its annual list of assistant salaries to a postal and treasury subcommittee and "it traditionally gets leaked by the opposition party" (see "The Black Vera Wang").

Incidentally, the US President's salary is mandated by law and he makes US$400,000 a year. The Singapore Prime Minister? US$1.1 million (as at July 2000).


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At 7/13/2006 6:10 am , Blogger cour marly said...

White house pay scales were a lot lower in 1999-2000, when the show first started. The US president's annual salary was only $200K then.

Yes. I am a total geek to know that.

At 7/13/2006 6:34 am , Blogger Tym said...

Amen, sister geek!

At 7/14/2006 4:38 am , Blogger Blanc Fleur said...

heya :)

guess who's back with a new blog?
do drop by once in a while k?


lotsa love

At 7/14/2006 5:36 am , Blogger Tym said...

Yay! You're back!


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