Trump’s Leaner White House 2019 Payroll Has Already Saved Taxpayers $20 Million

President Donald Trump’s White House payroll has 418 employees, that’s 36 fewer staffers than Barack Obama at the same point in their presidencies.

There was 26-percent turnover in the key, top-paid “assistants to the president” from last year.  Across the entire staff, there was 36-percent turn-over, as of June 30, 2019.

During the president’s first three-years, Trump spent $19.8 million less on White House payroll costs than Obama, adjusted for inflation.

Comparing First Lady staff headcount: Melania Trump (12 staffers) versus Michelle Obama (24 staffers).

Today, the Trump administration released its annual report to Congress on the White House Office Personnel. The payroll data includes employee name, status, salary, and position title for all 418 White House employees as of June 28, 2019. Search the recent Trump administration (2017, 2018, and 2019) and Obama administration (2012 through 2016) payroll data posted at

Over the past 12 months, Trump added an additional 44 employees to the White House staff. Last year, the president employed 374 staffers, and we applauded the president’s frugality in our editorial at Forbes.

This year, not only did the president add employees, but his total payroll increased from $35.2 million to $41.3 million. In FY2015, Barack Obama’s payroll was much larger: $40.9 million ($44.2 million, adjusted for inflation) with 476 staffers.

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