Who are the 15,700 staffers walking the halls of the Capitol every day?
LegiStorm, the one-stop research shop for everything congressional, has figured it out. Its researchers laboriously tracked and collected data on staffers in the last Congress and then broke it down by title, pay, and gender. Bits and pieces of this public information have always floated around — in House and Senate disbursement spreadsheets or staffer surveys, for example — but a cohesive data landscape representing congressional staff has been hard to find. While this isn’t an exact science, we’ve visualized the numbers here.
The takeaways: House and Senate staffers are split pretty evenly when it comes to gender for both parties. However, in both chambers, men outnumber women in senior staffer positions. In the House, Republican female staffers make up 47.1 percent of their cohort, while Democratic female staffers comprise 53.2 percent. In the Senate, Republican women make up 49.6 percent of staffers, and Democratic women comprise 51.9.
This data, which examines how much staffers earn daily rather than annually, suggests there’s some parity among congressional staffers when it comes to salary. In the House, female staff assistants make about 8.8 percent more per day than male staff assistants per day. In the Senate, male communications directors make over 10 percent more than their female counterparts.
Comparing the salaries for staffers in both chambers, female House staffers make roughly the same or 0.004 percent more than male staffers. In the Senate, women make 3.19 percent less.