N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger has four staffers making more than $100,000 annually, while only two staffers for House Speaker Tim Moore are in the same salary range.
Berger, a Republican from Eden, released his staff’s salaries this week in response from a public records request from The News & Observer. The N&O previously published salary records for Moore’s staff and for the staff and Cabinet secretaries of Gov. Roy Cooper.
Berger employs more full-time employees and has a slightly higher total payroll than Moore, records show. Berger’s office includes 15 permanent staff members earning a total of $1.07 million, while Moore’s office includes 13 permanent staffers earning a total of $1.01 million – or $1.04 million if you include Moore’s three paid interns.
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Berger’s staff list includes his wife, Patricia Berger, who earns $31,569 as a research assistant and paralegal. A number of state legislators also employ their spouses as legislative aides.
Here’s the full list of Berger staff salaries:
Jim Blaine, chief of staff, $175,000
Andrew Tripp, general counsel, $155,000
Amy Auth, deputy chief of staff for communications and operations, $114,188
Erica Shrader, deputy chief of staff for policy, $106,575
Darrell Malcolm, executive assistant, $77,648
Kolt Ulm, research assistant and paralegal, $66,990
William Tomlinson, administrative assistant, $60,302
Sara Ulm, research assistant and paralegal, $55,825
Shelly Carver, administrative assistant and spokeswoman, $54,500
Stephen Ogden, research assistant and paralegal, $46,690
Dylan Watts, research assistant and paralegal, $42,500
Wanda Shivers, legislative clerk, $40,000
David Whitaker, research assistant and paralegal, $39,461
Patricia Berger, research assistant and paralegal, $31,569
Peggy Halifax, research assistant, $7,916