Binders update: Average WH pay for women 13% less than men in 2012

posted at 9:01 am on January 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

At least that’s an improvement over the 2011 disparity, according to The Daily Caller.  Working from the annual report the White House makes to Congress on staffing expenses, they show that women do comprise nearly half of all White House staff, as Obama claimed in yesterday’s press conference, but they earn an average of $12,000 less than the men — around a thousand dollars a month:

The median 2012 salary for female employees of the White House was $62,000; for men that number was $71,000.

TheDC calculated the median male and female salaries by determining employee genders based on their names. In cases where the gender was not clear, TheDC either identified the specific employee in other ways or — in a few cases — assigned gender based on the most common use of a given name according to databases of baby names.

The 2012 pay disparity represented an improvement from the disparity in 2011 figures the Washington Free Beacon reported last year. According to that analysis, the median female compensation in the White House was $60,000 — $2,000 less than in 2012 — and the male employees’ median was unchanged at $71,000. That amounted to an 18 percent difference.

In his statement last year declaring April 17 Equal Pay Day, Obama lamented the pay disparity between men and women in America, echoing the well-worn yet often-questioned statistic that “women who worked full-time earned only 77 percent of what their male counterparts did.”

There may be many reasons for this disparity — choice of responsibilities, family considerations may play into the kinds of positions that women wanted to accept in the first place.  Of course, that’s just as true in the private sector, which politicians like Obama ignore while demagoguing on the subject.  And after the attacks on Mitt Romney and “binders full of women, this makes hash out of that demagoguery, too, especially after the diversity issues Obama has had to address in his second-term Cabinet rollout.

Yesterday, Obama hinted that his next round of appointments will look a lot different than what we’ve seen in January:

President Obama on Monday defended his record on diversity after mounting criticism over his recent Cabinet-level appointments, and hinted that additional female appointments could be coming in his next round of nominees.

“I’m very proud that in the first four years, we had as diverse, if not a more diverse, a White House and a Cabinet than any in history,” Obama said at a White House press conference. “And I intended to continue that, because it turns out when you look for the very best people, given the incredible diversity of this country, you’re going to end up with a diverse staff and a diverse — a diverse team, and that very diversity helps to create more effective policy making, and better decision making for me, because it brings different perspectives to the table.”

Obama went on to urge critics to “wait until they’ve seen all my appointments, who is in the White House staff and who is in my Cabinet, before they rush to judgment.”

That’s probably a fair request.  Of course, it’s also fair to note the pay disparity in a working environment run by the man who can’t stop talking about the Lily Ledbetter Act, and it’s certainly a lot more fair than that same man handled the “binders full of women” remark from Romney during a debate.

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Old News Is Old.

BigGator5 on January 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

…got better since the war on women was started!

Average WH pay for women 13% less than men in 2012

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KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

thebrokenrattle on January 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

“Look, we can sit here all day, arguing on how awesome Obama is, but that does not change the fact that Mitt Romney wanted to kill binders full of big birds, force women to ride on the car roof during road trips, and take away the reproductive rights of dogs everywhere.”
–MSM

Gatsu on January 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

With so many girly-men in the democrat party, does this really matter?

meci on January 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

It doesn’t matter….”I won”

right2bright on January 15, 2013 at 9:05 AM

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Well it’s an update to Old News, I’ll grant you that much.

BigGator5 on January 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

thebrokenrattle on January 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

“The winner establishes the rules”

right2bright on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

The war on women is the only war the Democrats can win regardless of the truth.

docflash on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

That home page link photo for this story is illustrative.

In his days on Earth, Jesus Christ would sit to teach, & his followers would stand to listen.

itsnotaboutme on January 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Why does the president hate women so much?

Hill60 on January 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The members of the WH press corps were unavailable for comment.

BuckeyeSam on January 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Another example of leftists not living according to their strict code of conduct for others. It would be more interesting to find examples of them actually doing it, like Ed something or other who used to be on St. Elsewhere, riding his bike to generate enough energy to make toast. That stuff would at least be entertaining, except for Sheryl Crow, no one wants to see that.

Night Owl on January 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

The report is sexist. Clearly trying to pigeonhole people based on gender is also homophobe and racist. The fact that these researchers distinguish between male and female is an outrage!

Flange on January 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

*crickets chirping *
-lsm

cmsinaz on January 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

right2bright on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Never heard of the Golden Rule?

“Whoever has the gold, makes the rules.”

BigGator5 on January 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

The report is sexist. Clearly trying to pigeonhole people based on gender is also homophobe and racist. The fact that these researchers distinguish between male and female is an outrage!

Flange on January 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Speaking of research, I heard this morning that a report on the effectiveness of Head Start was completed in October, but only just now released. It showed the program has ZERO effect on the program participants preparedness, grades, emotional well-being, etc. It was called nothing but a day care program for welfare mothers. There is another 100 million+ request for spending on the program for this year.

Night Owl on January 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Lily Ledbetter hardest hit.

steebo77 on January 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Pay had little to do with 0 winning women. The truth has always been an ugly thing.

Bmore on January 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

0 has em by the short hairs.

Bmore on January 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM

When the typical Democrat woman looks like Rosa DeLauro, they’re just happy to get invited to what Bill Clinton refers to as “some special room.”

You’ve come a long way, baby.

MNHawk on January 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Hahahahahaah!

Okay, I enjoyed that. :)

Bob's Kid on January 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM

they show that women do comprise nearly half of all White House staff, as Obama claimed in yesterday’s press conference, but they earn an average of $12,000 less than the men — around a thousand dollars a month:

….just like waging War and being on the take with lobbyist/special interest….
……………it’s okay because Obama is a democrat.

Baxter Greene on January 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Any bets on when Barry institutes the Curtsy to the King Rule at the WH? It’s either that or burkas…

RalphyBoy on January 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM

The thing is he prefers men.

Nothing personal ladies, but TFGRP burst out of the closet a long time ago now. He didn’t even make much of an effort with his beard – he just picked up a Bears linebacker.

CorporatePiggy on January 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM

” … given the incredible diversity of this country, you’re going to end up with a diverse staff and a diverse — a diverse team, and that very diversity helps to create more effective policy making, and better decision making for me, because it brings different perspectives to the table.” – B. Hussein Obama

And THEN
He will ignore you and keep you hidden from the press.
Only white male (p)sychophants need apply.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Any bets on when Barry institutes the Curtsy to the King Rule at the WH? It’s either that or burkas…

RalphyBoy on January 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM

They still get little girls to curtsy in parts of Europe.

MSNBC had a list of women in the Cabinet. Looked like 7/22 are women. Then they launched on an attack on Mitt’s binder.

Say what you will, Barry is not half as bad as the base he has under him.

Watch what happens if the trends continue and the real idiots take over.

IlikedAUH2O on January 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Well, the women that obama surrounds himself with are ugly and misshapen, so, they deserve less pay.

Pork-Chop on January 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM