In one of the newly release Hillary Clinton emails, a mostly redacted message from Philip Gordon to Huma Abedin and Jacob Sullivan ends with, "To quote Huma, I don't get paid enough." Abedin, Clinton’s closest aide, was able to change her fortunes with a little help from friends.
In 2012, Abedin transitioned to being a "special employee," meaning she could hold several jobs in addition to her role at the State Department. Presumably, that meant she got a raise.
As the Washington Post notes,
At the time, Abedin held four jobs with four different employers — an arrangement allowed by a special government designation she held permitting outside employment.
As for one of her four jobs, the New York Post reports that Abedin received a substantial salary increase:
She reportedly raked in $355,000 as a consultant to Teneo, while simultaneously pocketing $135,000 in government pay.
Teneo is a company closely tied with the Clintons. Bill Clinton formerly advised the company.
Abedin's two other jobs, according to CNN, included working for the Clinton Foundation and working for "Zain Endeavors," which "was registered 11 days before Abedin left her post as Clinton's deputy chief of staff."