On Warren Senate staff, women paid 71% of men's salaries
Data gleaned from public documents shows a gap between Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s rhetoric on equal pay and the financial reality within her own office.
Data for fiscal year 2016 on Mrs. Warren’s male and female full-time staffers reveals an office that pays women 71 cents for every dollar paid to their male colleagues. National statistics by the Census Bureau tallied 79.6 percent last year.
The Washington Free Beacon also ran figures based on average instead of median, which widened the gap to roughly $26,000, or about 69 cents on the dollar. Only salaries of employees who worked a full year were used in the calculations. Notable statistics include:
● The median annual earnings for female staffers was $52,750, compared with $73,750 for men.
● Only one woman earned a six-figure salary — $100,624.88.
● Five men earned more than Mrs. Warren’s highest paid woman staffer in 2016.
Critics of wage gap rhetoric argue that most discrepancies between men and women are due to a failure to compare statistical “apples to apples.” Mrs. Warren’s past statements on the issue, however, do not accept that.
“The one thing that always gets me is that in 2015, I still have to get out and say that we believe in equal pay for equal work,” the senator said in November 2015. “It always gets a nice round of applause, but you really want to say holy guacamole, we can’t get this thing done?”
Data for fiscal year 2016 on Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's male and female full-time staffers reveals an office that pays 71 cents for every dollar to their male olleagues.