Comparison of gubernatorial salaries

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Gubernatorial salaries are typically determined either by a state's constitution or statute. Most often, the salary portion of a governor's compensation is defined by law, but additional benefits (insurance, official residence, other work-related equipment) may be established by state agencies, custom or other factors. For instance, 46 states subsidize their governor's travel and 44 states have official gubernatorial residences. In some cases, salaries are automatically increased each year either at the rate of inflation or by some other percentage chosen by the legislature. For example, the salary of Kentucky's governor was set at $45,000 in 1979, but automatically increased every year in line with inflation until 2013, when the salary leveled off at $153,970.

The highest-paid governor in 2014 was Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R), who received a salary of $187,818. Not counting the three governors who denied themselves all or part of their salaries, the lowest-paid governor in 2014 was Maine Gov. Paul LePage, with a salary of only $70,000. For the third year in a row, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) refused to accept a salary; Bentley has pledged to continue his salary strike until Alabama reaches an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, a rate considered full employment by the U.S. Federal Reserve.[1][2] Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) also refused to collect his 2014 salary while Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) returned his 2014 salary to the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) returned 5 percent of his annual salary in 2014.[3]

This comparison of gubernatorial salaries page provides an overview of the annual salaries received by each of the 50 state chief executive officers since 2010. These salaries do not include benefits and other compensation used to determine total compensation figures. The data source is the 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Book of the States, a compilation of information collected by the Council of State Governments, a non-profit organization sponsored by state governments. The organization collects the salary data through an annual survey.[4]

Salary comparison table: 2010 - 2014

For a more detailed explanation about the governor's compensation, click the state.

State 2014 Salary 2014 Rank 2013 Salary 2013 Rank 2012 Salary 2012 Rank 2011 Salary 2011 Rank 2010 Salary 2010 Rank
Alabama $0 50 $119,950 32 $120,936 31 $119,950 32 $112,895 36
Alaska $145,000 20 $145,000 19 $145,000 18 $125,000 29 $125,000 29
Arizona $95,000 46 $95,000 46 $95,000 46 $95,000 45 $95,000 46
Arkansas $86,890 48 $86,890 49 $86,890 49 $86,890 49 $87,352 49
California $173,987 7 $173,987 6 $173,987 6 $173,987 6 $173,987 7
Colorado $90,000 47 $90,000 48 $90,000 48 $90,000 48 $90,000 48
Connecticut $150,000 12 $150,000 12 $150,000 12 $150,000 11 $150,000 11
Delaware $171,000 8 $171,000 7 $171,000 7 $171,000 7 $171,000 8
Florida $130,273 27 $130,273 26 $130,273 26 $130,273 25 $130,273 26
Georgia $139,339 24 $139,339 24 $139,339 24 $139,339 23 $139,339 23
Hawaii $143,748 22 $117,312 33 $117,312 33 $117,312 33 $117,312 33
Idaho $119,000 35 $117,000 34 $115,348 34 $110,734 35 $115,348 34
Illinois $177,412 4 $177,412 3 $177,412 3 $182,100 1 $177,500 2
Indiana $111,688 36 $111,688 37 $107,881 40 $95,000 45 $95,000 46
Iowa $130,000 28 $130,000 27 $130,000 27 $130,000 26 $130,000 27
Kansas $99,636 44 $99,636 45 $99,636 44 $99,636 43 $110,707 38
Kentucky $138,012 2 $151,970 11 $151,643 11 $147,798 15 $145,885 16
Louisiana $130,000 28 $130,000 27 $130,000 27 $130,000 26 $130,000 27
Maine $70,000 49 $70,000 50 $70,000 50 $70,000 50 $70,000 50
Maryland $150,000 12 $150,000 12 $150,000 12 $150,000 11 $150,000 11
Massachusetts $151,800 11 $139,832 23 $139,832 22 $140,535 21 $140,535 20
Michigan $159,300 10 $159,300 10 $159,300 10 $159,300 10 $177,000 3
Minnesota $119,850 34 $120,303 31 $120,303 32 $120,303 31 $120,303 31
Mississippi $122,160 31 $122,160 30 $122,160 30 $122,160 30 $122,160 30
Missouri $133,821 26 $133,821 25 $133,821 25 $133,821 24 $133,821 25
Montana $108,167 39 $108,167 40 $108,167 39 $104,400 42 $100,121 45
Nebraska $105,000 41 $105,000 42 $105,000 42 $105,000 40 $105,000 43
Nevada $149,573 16 $149,573 16 $141,000 21 $141,000 20 $141,000 19
New Hampshire $121,896 32 $113,834 36 $113,834 35 $113,834 34 $113,834 35
New Jersey $175,000 5 $175,000 4 $175,000 4 $175,000 4 $175,000 4
New Mexico $110,000 37 $110,000 38 $110,000 37 $110,000 37 $110,000 39
New York $179,000 3 $179,000 2 $179,000 2 $179,000 2 $179,000 1
North Carolina $141,265 23 $141,265 22 $139,590 23 $139,590 22 $139,590 22
North Dakota $121,679 33 $116,999 35 $110,283 36 $110,283 36 $105,036 42
Ohio $148,886 17 $148,886 17 $148,886 16 $144,269 18 $144,269 17
Oklahoma $147,000 18 $147,000 18 $147,000 17 $147,700 16 $147,700 15
Oregon $98,600 45 $93,600 47 $93,600 47 $93,600 47 $93,600 47
Pennsylvania $187,818 1 $187,256 1 $183,255 1 $177,888 3 $174,914 6
Rhode Island $129,210 30 $129,210 29 $129,210 29 $129,210 28 $117,817 32
South Carolina $106,078 40 $106,078 41 $106,078 41 $106,078 39 $106,078 41
South Dakota $104,002 43 $100,972 44 $98,031 45 $98,031 44 $112,895 36
Tennessee $181,980 2 $178,356 8 $170,340 8 $170,340 8 $170,340 9
Texas $150,000 12 $150,000 12 $150,000 12 $150,000 11 $150,000 11
Utah $109,470 38 $109,470 39 $109,470 38 $109,470 38 $109,900 40
Vermont $145,538 19 $142,542 21 $142,542 20 $142,542 19 $142,542 18
Virginia $175,000 5 $175,000 4 $175,000 4 $175,000 4 $175,000 4
Washington $166,891 9 $166,891 9 $166,891 9 $166,891 9 $166,891 10
West Virginia $150,000 12 $150,000 12 $150,000 12 $150,000 11 $150,000 11
Wisconsin $144,423 21 $144,423 20 $144,423 19 $144,423 17 $137,092 24
Wyoming $105,000 41 $105,000 42 $105,000 42 $105,000 40 $105,000 44

2014

Top five salaries (2014)
1 Pennsylvania $187,818
2 Tennessee $181,000
3 New York $179,000
4 Illinois $177,412
5 New Jersey $175,000
Bottom five salaries (2014)
1 Maine $70,000
2 Arkansas $86,890
3 Colorado $90,000
4 Arizona $95,000
5 Oregon $98,600

Changes

According to the Council of State Governments annual report on state executive salaries, governors in 10 states - Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont - earned higher salaries in 2014 than 2013. The average salary increase for these governors was 5.74 percent, with the Governor of Hawaii receiving the highest increase at 22.5 percent. Governors in Kentucky (10.4 percent) and Minnesota (0.4 percent) received lower salaries in 2014 than 2013.[1]

2013

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Top five salaries (2013)
1 Pennsylvania $187,256
2 New York $179,000
3 Illinois $177,412
4 New Jersey $175,000
5 Virginia $175,000
Bottom five salaries (2013)
1 Maine $70,000
2 Arkansas $86,890
3 Colorado $90,000
4 Oregon $93,600
5 Arizona $95,000


Changes

According to the 2013 Council of State Governments report on gubernatorial salaries, governors in eight states - Idaho, Indiana, North Carolina, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Tennessee - were paid more than the previous year. Compared to 2012's survey results from these states, there was an average raise of $4,115 or 3.2 percent.[5]

Notes

The following notes explain variations or anomalies in the 2013 data on gubernatorial salaries: [5]

2012

Top five salaries (2012)
1 New York $179,000
2 Illinois $177,500
3 Michigan $177,000
4 New Jersey $175,000
5 Virginia $175,000
Bottom five salaries (2012)
1 Maine $70,000
2 Arkansas $86,890
3 Colorado $90,000
4 Oregon $93,600
5 Arizona $95,000

2011

Top five salaries (2011)
1 Illinois $182,100
2 New York $179,000
3 Pennsylvania $177,888
4 New Jersey $175,000
5 Virginia $175,000
Bottom five salaries (2011)
1 Maine $70,000
2 Arkansas $86,890
3 Colorado $90,000
4 Oregon $93,600
5 Arizona $95,000


2010

Top five salaries (2010)
1 New York $179,000
2 Illinois $177,500
3 Michigan $177,000
4 New Jersey $175,000
5 Virginia $175,000
Bottom five salaries (2010)
1 Maine $70,000
2 Arkansas $87,352
3 Colorado $90,000
4 Oregon $93,600
5 Arizona $95,000

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