Speechwriter — $120,000
Some of the most essential White House employees are the speechwriters. Some presidents can have a number of Speechwriters on staff with salaries reaching $120,000. Some presidents seemed to like to go off script, and without the insistence of some Speechwriters, speeches would be even more disastrous than what we have witnessed in the past.
When Obama was in office, he had nine speechwriters on staff, with salaries that ranged from $42,613 to $176,461 back in 2016. Getting the right words and the right time costs a lot of money.
Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor — $183,000
One of the highest-paid White House employees is the Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor, earning a salary of $183,000. While it’s not clear what tasks this position requires, the one holding this position spends most of the time clarifying the things the president says to the public and tweeting.
Former President Obama didn’t have an employee working under this title while he was in office, and his highest-paid employees earned $172,200 in 2009. So things have changed since the Obama days.
West Wing Receptionist — $48,800
While a secretarial job may not sound very thrilling, working as the West Wing Receptionist has got to be interesting. It's the perfect entry-level position for someone looking to move up in politics, the role is currently filled by
One of the former West Wing Receptionists started her life in the White House as an intern and gradually worked her way up. The salary may not go through the roof, but sometimes it's worth starting low and taking the steps slowly.
Senior Videographer — $72,700
The White House keeps a videographer on staff to ensure all of the president’s biggest moments are caught on film. Sometimes there could be more than one, and up to three Videographers, each responsible for specific fields.
The Videographer earns $72,700 per year, which is just a few thousand dollars less than what the position paid in 2016.
Acting Director of White House Visitors Office — $95,800
As one of the biggest attractions in the country, the White House receives an average of 6,000 visitors each day. The White House Visitors Office organizes tours and maintains the areas visitors get to explore, while the acting director manages the office staff.
This position is not always related to the President in office and can be acted by the same individual for several terms. Dana Hurtik has been the White House Visitors Office acting director since 2017, earning $95,800 per year. The same position was held by Ellie Schafer in 2016, with a higher salary of $116,679 per year.