How much does the White House chief of staff make?

The White House chief of staff (COS) is a position of tremendous responsibility and prestige. Currently staffed by former Republican senator Mark Meadows, the post has been filled by four different individuals during the Trump Presidency which began in late 2016. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Reince Priebus and John Kelly, President Trump’s first two chiefs of staff, earned $179,700 each. The maximum salary allowed for any White House aide is $183,000. This is, in fact, the salary that senior advisers Kellyanne Conway and Larry Kudlow (Trump’s top economic adviser) earn.

Trump’s third chief of staff, Mike Mulvaney, earned a higher salary because he was officially the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and was unofficially White House COS, an “acting chief of staff.” Because of this, his annual pay was in excess of $200,000.

If Mulvaney had removed the “acting” part of his COS title, he would have had to accept a diminished salary that would be at or below that $183,000 threshold. Therefore, the “acting” part of acting COS does make a difference!

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