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2,000 House Staffers Make Over $100K

From the Politico:

2,000 House staffers make six figures

By: Erika Lovley
March 26, 2010

Nearly 2,000 House of Representative staffers pulled down six-figure salaries in 2009, including 43 staffers who earned the maximum $172,500 — or more than three times the median U.S. household income.

Starting salaries on Capitol Hill are still low — many entry-level congressional jobs pay less than $30,000 a year. And many of the most highly paid staffers could make several times the maximum by jumping to lobbying and consulting jobs in the private sector.

But the salary data, compiled for POLITICO by LegiStorm.com, show that it’s possible to make an enviable living in Congress, even without winning an election.

The 43 staffers who maxed out at $172,500 — the salary cap for leadership and committee staffers — include John Lawrence, chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Paula Nowakowski, the late chief of staff to House Minority Leader John Boehner; and House Parliamentarian John Sullivan. They earned only slightly less than rank-and-file members of Congress, who make $174,000.

Notice how they had to trot out a dead Republican staffer – to ‘balance’ the story.

All the salary data are part of the public record and are culled from congressional office disbursement reports.

Most of the staffers at the top salary level serve in upper-level committee and leadership office staffs, including staff directors, policy advisers and legislative counsels — positions that have often had direct input on the formation of major legislation, such as health care. Many of those staffers also have law degrees.

Oh, well then.

But while these top earners are a small percentage of the overall congressional work force, their numbers are growing at a rapid rate under the Democratic Congress.

That 2,000 staffers is a small percentage of the entire staff on Capitol Hill, might be part of the problem.

The number of staffers earning within the upper 3 percent of House salaries — currently $163,358 or more — has increased by nearly 39 percent in the past four years, according to LegiStorm data. In 2005, there were 203 staffers earning in the top 3 percent. That number spiked to 304 people in 2008 but then dropped in 2009 to 282, likely caused in part by the economic downturn.

Pelosi’s leadership office has several high earners, including Arshi Siddiqui, a tax and trade policy adviser who was closely involved in the formation of the Democratic health care legislation

Between 2009 and 2010, the speaker did not increase top-level salaries for members or top-earning staffers, meaning staffers who already earned the maximum amount did not receive a raise over the past year.

There are approximately 10,000 House staffers, including district office workers, according to the chief administrative officer

Notice that there are so many staffers they can only give an approximate number. No one knows for sure.

By the way, the article does not even calculate how much these staffers cost after you calculate in their ‘Cadillac’ health insurance plans and retirement benefits.

It’s great work, if you can get it.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “2,000 House Staffers Make Over $100K”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    that’s my money, dammit

  2. Right of the People says:

    We need to:

    1) Ban lobbyists, in fact make them illegal, all they do in reality is bribe our elected officials.

    2) Reduce the staff for members of congress to 7 each. There are CEO’s of mutlti-billion dollar corporations that have smaller personal staffs. By reducing the staffers, this would force the Representative/Senator to write their own legislation. That would slow down crap like the “stimulus” and this latest health care fiasco if not stop it all together.

    3) Have the government buy two apartment buildings, one for the House and one for the Senate so they’d have somewhere to live while in DC. This would kill the argument that they have to maintain two residences.

    4) Buy a fleet of Ford Fusions or Chevy Impala’s for them to drive while in DC. No more limos. Take Pelosi’s plane away, in fact, take her away. Please!

    5) Give congress only so much time each month to meet. Make it mandatory they spend at least 60 hours a month in their district offices back home talking to their constituents.

    6) Put them on Social Security and the regular fed employee Blue Cross plan. I bet Social Security would become a priority to fix.

    It ain’t perfect but it would be a good beginning and save us a ton of money.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    Why is this no surprise?!?!

    Bribe money typically needs to be ‘large’.

    And you are 100% right on GBJ .. it is OUR money!!! More and more folks need to start thinking along that very line!

    IT’S OUR MONEY!!!, dammitt!!!

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Lawyers don’t have ethics because the rationalize why they can or can’t do something, never if they SHOULD do something. (Yeah, but not MY representative! He/she is fighting the good fight!)

    This is just another symptom of a sick society, and you can’t be outraged and plug all the holes where do you begin?:

    Abusive court system
    Abusive prison system
    Corrupt police
    Bankrupt social security system
    Bankrupt federal / state medical system
    Authorizing secret prison systems, torture, imprisonment without charge (Thank you George Bush)
    Confiscation of our rights for ‘safety purposes’
    Bankrupt states
    Fascist / special rights racial groups swarming Washington
    Our military chasing scumbags and goat-herders around in the sand at an insane cost
    Having your rights taken away at the whim of the next legislature voted in

    ~FALL OF THE REPUBLIC~ watch for free on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VebOTc-7shU&feature=player_embedded

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