The size of Michelle Obama's 2010 staff is comparable to the staff of former First Lady Laura Bush in 2008. Both First Ladies had 15 staffers directly under them, plus three more in the Office of the White House Social Secretary. The 15 employees who were members of Michelle Obama's staff in the Office of the First Lady were paid $1,198,870 in 2010.
See also: What Does the White House Social Secretary Do?
Three more staffers worked in the Office of the Social Secretary, which is under the jurisdiction of the Office of the First Lady; they earned a total of $282,600, the administration's Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff stated.
Laura Bush had 18 staffers as well.