Robert Gibbs: Press Secretary Earned about $33.11 an Hour

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has annual compensation of $172,2000. Given that the Press Secretary's job requires at the minimum about 100 hours a week, that adds up to about 5,200 hours a year, based on a 52 week year. Most of the rest of you put in about 2,080 hours a year. Given his minimum of 5,200 hours, Gibbs earns, at the most, about $33.11 an hour.

However, after he leaves those long hours in the White House, Gibbs could probably earn as much money as he wants to earn. That's called The Revolving Door Syndrome.

The parameters on any future compensation for someone who departs a high government position will only be constrained by what that professional decides he or she wants to do. Because of his White House experience all doors are open. Gibbs brings a track record of positioning and packaging complex issues under pressure. He knows how to deal with the global media. He understands how government at that level operates. And he has a golden network of contacts whom he has access too.

Suppose Gibbs decides to not take a job but become a consultant in the growing field of reputation management. In that niche area within public relations, you parachute in when an organization has a threat to its brand name, stock price, or ability to influence key constituencies. Pay per hour ranges from $500 to $1,000.

However, Gibbs might prefer to join one of the lobbying firms on K Street in Washington, D.C. Those centers of influence range from Capitol Partners, Inc. to Guiliani Partners (yes, that name should be familiar to you). You can't beat the pay. Lobbyists usually are wealthy.

In addition to the main line of work or day job, there are also other opportunities open for both earning money and becoming even more marketable. For instance, former Clinton administration press secretary Dee Dee Myers published in 2008 her memoir 'Why Women Should Rule the World.' A best seller at the time, it described how females can get and grow power.

Serving the public interest at the top levels has really no limits on your return on that investment.

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