U.S. taxpayers paid $37.8 million in salaries for President Obama’s 456 White House employees, according to a newly released administration report.
Salaries ranged from $172,200 to $42,000. President Obama’s 22 senior administration officials, such as Valerie Jarrett and John Podesta, all bagged the top end of the salary scale. Others, like Chief Calligrapher Patricia A. Blair, cost taxpayers $97,692. Calligrapher Debra S. Brown receives a $86,812 salary.
Obama, who was not included in the list, earns $400,000. a year.
The White House said it was releasing how much money U.S. taxpayers pay for Obama’s staff in order to remain “consistent with President Obama’s commitment to transparency.”