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The compensation of state executive officers is most often determined either by a state's constitution or statute. In some states, especially with fewer prominent offices, a state's department of personnel or administration will establish a compensation scheme. Most often, the salary portion of an officer'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. 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 state executive officer in 2014 was the Tennessee Secretary of State, who received a salary of $190,260 in 2014. The lowest-paid officer in 2014 was the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, with a salary of only $7,200 though the lieutenant governor receives additional compensation as the president of the Texas Senate. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) did not accept a salary in 2014, stating that he would not accept a salary until Alabama reached an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, a rate considered full employment by the U.S. Federal Reserve.[1][2] Additional analysis and comparisons are provided at the bottom of this page.

In 2014, there were only eight (4.2 percent) of the 189 listed governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices where the salaries decreased from 2013 to 2014. Forty-four offices (23.3 percent) experienced salary increases from 2013 to 2014. The remaining 137 offices (72.5 percent) did not experience year-to-year changes in annual salaries.

This page provides an overview of the annual salaries received by the state executive officers Ballotpedia covers. These salaries do not include benefits and other compensation used to determine total compensation figures. The data source is the 2010, 2011, 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. Offices covered include:




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2014 gubernatorial 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]

Gubernatorial rejection or reduction of 2014 salary

Eight governors did not accept their salaries or returned their full salaries in 2014. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) bypassed his salary in 2013 and 2014, noting that he would not accept a salary until his state achieved full employment. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) only accepted 12 cents of his salary, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) collected $1 of his salary and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) returned his 2014 salary to the state. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) (10 percent), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) (5 percent), Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) (1.7 percent) and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) (3 percent) all accepted salary reductions noted in parentheses.[3]

Largest changes from 2013

The largest salary increase in 2014 for the offices listed below was the 55.6 percent increase for the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The Oklahoma State Legislature requested a study by the Office of Management & Enterprise Services in 2013 to determine if state official salaries were in line with other states. Forty-eight state officials received raises in 2014 based on these recommendations, including Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge's $140,000 salary. The 2013 salary for this position was $90,000.[4]

The largest salary decrease in 2014 was the 49.1 percent decrease for the Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.

Salary comparisons for top state executive offices

Note: The highlighted cells in the table below indicate salary increases from 2013 and salary decreases from 2013. A cell with N/A indicates a position that does not exist or information was not available.

State executive salaries, 2014
State Governor salary ($) Change from 2013 (%) Lieutenant governor salary ($) Change from 2013 (%) Attorney general salary ($) Change from 2013 (%) Secretary of state salary ($) Change from 2013 (%)
Alabama - 68,556 -49.1 166,002 +3.8 85,248 -
Alaska 145,000 - 115,000 - 136,350 +1 N/A -
Arizona 95,000 - N/A - 90,000 - 70,000 -
Arkansas 86,890 - 41,896 - 72,408 - 54,305 -
California 173,987 - 130,490 - 151,127 - 130,490 -
Colorado 90,000 - 68,500 - 80,000 - 68,500 -
Connecticut 150,000 - 110,000 - 110,000 - 110,000 -
Delaware 171,000 - 78,553 - 145,207 - 127,590 -
Florida 130,273 - 124,851 - 128,972 - 140,000 -
Georgia 139,339 - 91,609 - 137,791 - 130,690 +5.7
Hawaii 143,748 +22.5 140,220 +22.5 140,220 +22.5 N/A -
Idaho 119,000 +1.7 35,700 +1.7 107,100 +1.7 101,150 +1.7
Illinois 177,412 - 135,669 - 156,541 - 156,541 -
Indiana 111,688 - 88,543 +3.1 92,503 +3.1 76,892 +3.1
Iowa 130,000 - 103,212 - 123,669 - 103,212 -
Kansas 99,636 - 54,000 - 98,901 - 86,003 -
Kentucky 138,012 -10.4 117,329 +1.5 117,329 +1.5 117,329 +1.5
Louisiana 130,000 - 115,000 - 115,000 - 115,000 -
Maine 70,000 - N/A² - 92,248 - 69,264 -
Maryland 150,000 - 125,000 - 125,000 - 87,500 -
Massachusetts 151,800 +9.3 N/A - 130,582 -2.3 130,262 -
Michigan 159,300 - 111,510 - 112,410 - 112,410 -
Minnesota 119,850 -0.4 77,896 -0.4 113,859 -0.4 89,877 -0.4
Mississippi 122,160 - 60,000 - 108,960 - 90,000 -
Missouri 133,821 - 86,484 - 116,437 - 107,746 -
Montana 108,167 - 86,362 - 115,817 +11.3 88,099 +2.4
Nebraska 105,000 - 75,000 - 95,000 - 85,000 -
Nevada 149,573 - 63,648 - 141,086 - 102,898 -
New Hampshire 121,896 +7.1 N/A² - 117,913 +7.1 105,930 +1.5
New Jersey 175,000 - 141,000 - 141,000 - N/A -
New Mexico 110,000 - 85,000 - 95,000 - 85,000 -
New York 179,000 - 151,500 - 151,500 - 120,800 -
North Carolina 141,265 - 124,676 - 124,676 - 124,676 -
North Dakota 121,679 +4 94,461 +4 143,685 +4 96,794 +4
Ohio 148,886 - 78,041 - 109,986 - 109,986 +0.4
Oklahoma 147,000 - 114,713 - 132,825 -0.2 140,000 +55.6
Oregon 98,600 +5.3 N/A - 82,220 +6.5 76,992 +6.9
Pennsylvania 187,818 +0.3 157,765 +0.3 156,264 +0.3 135,228 +0.3
Rhode Island 129,210 - 108,808 - 115,610 - 108,808 -
South Carolina 106,078 - 46,545 - 92,007 - 92,007 -
South Dakota 104,002 +3 63,654 +3 103,892 +3 83,135 +3
Tennessee 181,980 +2.1 N/A² - 176,988 +2.1 190,260 +1.5
Texas 150,000 - 7,200 - 150,000 - 125,880 -
Utah 109,470 - 104,000 - 98,509 - N/A -
Vermont 145,538 +2.1 61,776 +2.1 113,901 - 95,139 -
Virginia 175,000 - 36,321 - 150,000 - 152,793 -
Washington 166,891 - 93,948 - 151,718 - 116,950 -
West Virginia 150,000 - N/A² - 95,000 - 95,000 -
Wisconsin 144,423 - 76,261 - 140,147 - 68,566 -
Wyoming 105,000 - N/A - 147,000 +2.6 92,000 -
¹The Governor of Alabama did not accept a salary because the state did not reach full employment (5.2 percent unemployment).
²Maine, New Hampshire, Tennessee and West Virginia give the title of lieutenant governor to the current president or speaker of the state Senate.

2013 changes by office

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]

2013 changes by state

In 2013, salary changes were reported in the following states:

  • South Carolina:
Beginning in 2013, the South Carolina Director of Insurance received an annual salary of $130,000.[6] This was a 15.6 percent increase from 2012, when the director was paid $112,407 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]
  • North Carolina:
Beginning in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, 10 state executive officials - Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Agriculture Commissioner, Insurance Commissioner, Natural Resources Secretary and Labor Commissioner - were paid 1.2 percent more than the previous year, bringing their annual salaries up to $124,676, with the exception of the Energy and Natural Resources Secretary, whose salary increased to $128,000. The changes were due to the North Carolina General Assembly's passage of House Bill 950 in July 2012. Republican state legislators changed state law to allow the governor to set cabinet member salaries. Explaining the raises, McCrory said, "I'm trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multi-billion departments."[8]

Salary comparisons for top state executive offices

The full chart of constitutional officer salaries is listed below:

Note: The highlighted cells in the table below indicate salary increases from 2012 and salary decreases from 2012. N/A indicates a position that does not exist or information was not available.

Compensation of constitutional state executive officers, 2013
State Governor Lieutenant Governor Attorney General Secretary of State
Alabama $0¹ $134,592 $160,003 $85,248
Alaska $145,000 $115,000 $135,000 N/A
Arizona $95,000 N/A $90,000 $70,000
Arkansas $86,890 $41,896 $72,408 $54,305
California $173,987 $130,490 $151,127 $130,490
Colorado $90,000 $68,500 $80,000 $68,500
Connecticut $150,000 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000
Delaware $171,000 $78,553 $145,207 $127,590
Florida $130,273 $124,851 $128,972 $140,000
Georgia $139,339 $91,609 $137,791 $123,636
Hawaii $117,312 $114,420 $114,420 N/A
Idaho $117,000 $35,100 $105,300 $99,450
Illinois $177,412 $135,669 $156,541 $156,541
Indiana $111,688 $85,881 $89,722 $74,580
Iowa $130,000 $103,212 $123,669 $103,212
Kansas $99,636 $54,000 $98,901 $86,003
Kentucky $153,970 $115,593 $115,593 $115,593
Louisiana $130,000 $115,000 $115,000 $115,000
Maine $70,000 N/A $92,248 $69,264
Maryland $150,000 $125,000 $125,000 $87,500
Massachusetts $138,832 $124,295 $133,644 $130,262
Michigan $159,300 $111,510 $112,410 $112,410
Minnesota $120,303 $78,197 $114,288 $90,227
Mississippi $122,160 $60,000 $108,960 $90,000
Missouri $133,821 $86,484 $116,437 $107,746
Montana $108,167 $86,362 $104,077 $86,018
Nebraska $105,000 $75,000 $95,000 $85,000
Nevada $149,573 $63,648 $141,086 $102,898
New Hampshire $113,834 N/A $110,114 $104,364
New Jersey $175,000 $141,000 $141,000 N/A
New Mexico $110,000 $85,000 $95,000 $85,000
New York $179,000 $151,500 $151,500 $120,800
North Carolina $141,265 $124,676 $124,676 $124,676
North Dakota $116,999 $90,828 $138,159 $93,071
Ohio $148,886 $78,041 $109,986 $109,554
Oklahoma $147,000 $114,713 $132,850 $90,000
Oregon $93,600 N/A $77,200 $72,000
Pennsylvania $187,256 $157,293 $155,797 $134,824
Rhode Island $129,210 $108,808 $115,610 $108,808
South Carolina $106,078 $46,545 $92,007 $92,007
South Dakota $100,972 $61,800 $100,876 $80,714
Tennessee $178,356 N/A $173,352 $187,452
Texas $150,000 $7,200 $150,000 $125,880
Utah $109,470 $104,000 $98,509 N/A
Vermont $142,542 $60,507 $113,901 $95,139
Virginia $175,000 $36,321 $150,000 $152,793
Washington $166,891 $93,948 $151,718 $116,950
West Virginia $150,000 N/A $95,000 $95,000
Wisconsin $144,423 $76,261 $140,147 $68,556
Wyoming $105,000 N/A $143,328 $92,000

¹The Governor of Alabama did not accept a salary because the state did not reach full employment (5.2 percent unemployment).

Changes from 2011

In 2012, there were only eight (4.2 percent) of the 189 listed governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices where the salaries decreased from 2011 to 2012. Thirty-three offices (17.5 percent) experienced salary increases from 2011 to 2012. The remaining 148 offices (78.3 percent) did not experience year-to-year changes in annual salaries.

Average salaries by region

The chart below displays an overview of the average salary in 2012 of each type of state executive officer by region. The regions are: East[9], Midwest[10], South[11], and West[12]. Executive officers were best paid in the eastern United States, with a mean wage of $118,350 across all offices. Western states featured the lowest average state executive wage in 2012 at $111,295. This was about 13 percent lower than their eastern counterparts, who had the highest average state executive wages. The South had some of the best and worst paid state executives in the nation. For example, Tennessee and Louisiana had the first and 10th highest salary levels in the country, while South Carolina and Arkansas stood at 41st and 43rd, respectively.

Average state executive compensation by region
Region Governor Lt. Governor Attorney General Secretary of State Treasurer Comptroller Auditor
East $145,788 $116,977 $125,775 $107,969 $115,584 $128,833 $120,756
Midwest $127,378 $91,049 $114,721 $96,597 $100,473 $135,669 $107,773
South $136,871 $84,441 $123,918 $112,449 $113,162 $141,629 $112,949
West $120,829 $88,530 $112,832 $91,171 $96,934 $113,518 $116,120
National $132,573 $93,892 $119,421 $103,059 $106,684 $127,375 $113,550
Average state executive compensation by region (continued)
Region Agri. Comm. Labor Comm. Insurance Comm. Superintendent of Schools Nat. Resources Comm. Public Services Comm. All offices
East $118,534 $122,056 $122,802 $156,442 $127,188 $127,800 $126,183
Midwest $110,844 $107,567 $107,520 $145,102 $117,843 $107,879 $111,440
South $112,083 $119,854 $120,407 $191,650 $122,947 $124,040 $123,936
West $118,654 $113,502 $113,123 $125,777 $119,424 $109,803 $111,295
National $114,938 $115,861 $116,205 $156,537 $121,546 $117,770 $118,350

Salaries of constitutional state executive officers

The following chart displays the salaries of the four state executive offices most commonly established in a state's constitution: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Offices that may not exist in a given state are marked "N/A." In nearly all states, the compensation of these offices is established either in the state constitution or by statute.

The top five salaries for each constitutional officer in 2012 were:

The bottom five salaries for each constitutional officer in 2012 were:

Salary comparisons for top state executive offices

The full chart of constitutional officer salaries is listed below:

Note: The highlighted cells in the table below indicate salary increases from 2011 and salary decreases from 2011. N/A indicates a position that does not exist or information was not available.

Compensation of constitutional state executive officers, 2012
State Governor Lieutenant Governor Attorney General Secretary of State
Alabama $120,936¹ $134,592 $160,002 $85,248
Alaska $145,000 $115,000 $135,000 N/A
Arizona $95,000 N/A $90,000 $70,000
Arkansas $86,890 $41,896 $72,408 $54,305
California $173,987 $130,490 $151,127 $130,490
Colorado $90,000 $68,500 $80,000 $68,500
Connecticut $150,000 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000
Delaware $171,000 $77,775 $143,769 $126,327
Florida $130,273 $124,851 $128,972 $140,000
Georgia $139,339 $91,609 $137,791 $123,636
Hawaii $117,312 $114,420 $114,420 N/A
Idaho $115,348 $30,400 $103,984 $93,756
Illinois $177,412 $135,669 $156,541 $156,541
Indiana $107,881 $84,031 $87,790 $72,974
Iowa $130,000 $103,212 $123,669 $103,212
Kansas $99,636 $54,000 $98,901 $86,003
Kentucky $151,643 $113,615 $113,615 $113,615
Louisiana $130,000 $115,000 $115,000 $115,000
Maine $70,000 N/A $92,248 $69,264
Maryland $150,000 $125,000 $125,000 $87,500
Massachusetts $140,535 $124,920 $133,644 $130,916
Michigan $177,000 $123,900 $124,900 $124,900
Minnesota $120,303 $78,197 $114,288 $90,227
Mississippi $122,160 $61,714 $108,960 $90,000
Missouri $133,821 $86,484 $116,437 $107,746
Montana $108,167 $86,362 $99,712 $86,018
Nebraska $105,000 $75,000 $95,000 $85,000
Nevada $141,000 $60,000 $133,000 $97,000
New Hampshire $113,834 N/A $110,114 $104,364
New Jersey $175,000 $141,000 $141,000 N/A
New Mexico $110,000 $85,000 $95,000 $85,000
New York $179,000 $151,500 $151,500 $120,800
North Carolina $139,590 $123,198 $123,198 $123,198
North Dakota $110,283 $85,614 $113,266 $87,728
Ohio $148,886 $78,041 $109,986 $109,554
Oklahoma $147,000 $114,713 $132,850 $90,000
Oregon $93,600 N/A $77,200 $72,000
Pennsylvania $183,255 $153,907 $152,443 $131,992
Rhode Island $129,210 $108,808 $115,610 $108,808
South Carolina $106,078 $46,545 $92,007 $92,007
South Dakota $98,031 $120,000 $97,928 $78,363
Tennessee $170,340 N/A $167,976 $182,800
Texas $150,000 $7,200 $150,000 $125,880
Utah $109,470 $104,000 $98,509 N/A
Vermont $142,542 $60,507 $108,202 $90,376
Virginia $175,000 $36,321 $150,000 $152,793
Washington $166,891 $91,129 $151,718 $116,950
West Virginia $150,000 N/A $95,000 $95,000
Wisconsin $144,423 $76,261 $140,147 $68,556
Wyoming $105,000 N/A $137,150 $92,000

¹The Governor of Alabama did not accept a salary because the state did not achieve full employment (5.2 percent unemployment).

Salaries of other state executive officers

The salaries of other state executive offices are displayed below. The offices include: treasurer, controller/comptroller, auditor, agriculture commissioner, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner, superintendent of schools, natural resources commissioner, and public services commission. Offices that may not exist in a given state are marked "N/A."

Most of these offices are established by state law, not the constitution, are appointive and are officially nonpartisan. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this rule. For instance, the Florida Chief Financial Officer, the state's equivalent of treasurer and controller, is an elected member of the governor's cabinet.

The top five salaries for each office in 2012 were:

The full chart is displayed below:

Compensation of down ballot/appointed officers, 2012
State Treasurer Comptroller Auditor Agriculture Commissioner Labor Commissioner
Alabama $85,248 N/A $85,248 $84,655 $91,014
Alaska $119,328 $124,128 N/A $115,320 $135,000
Arizona $70,000 N/A N/A $102,260 $126,069
Arkansas $54,305 N/A $54,305 $104,840 $117,308
California $139,189 $139,189 $175,000 $175,000 $175,000
Colorado $68,500 N/A N/A $146,040 $146,040
Connecticut $110,000 $110,000 N/A $118,000 $130,000
Delaware $112,250 N/A $107,457 $117,861 $117,861
Florida $128,972 N/A N/A $128,972 $133,350
Georgia $115,781 N/A $152,160 $121,556 $121,570
Hawaii $108,972 N/A $129,024 $103,512 $103,512
Idaho $93,756 $93,756 N/A $106,620 $111,945
Illinois $135,669 $135,669 $149,005 $133,273 $124,090
Indiana $72,974 N/A $72,974 $99,001 $99,180
Iowa $103,212 N/A $103,212 $103,212 $112,070
Kansas $86,003 N/A N/A $110,000 $102,000
Kentucky $113,615 N/A $113,615 $113,615 $137,865
Louisiana $115,000 N/A N/A $115,000 $137,000
Maine $69,264 N/A $96,782 $102,689 $102,689
Maryland $125,000 $125,000 N/A $130,050 $158,974
Massachusetts $130,916 N/A $137,425 $123,600 $90,000
Michigan $174,204 N/A $157,202 $140,000 $150,000
Minnesota 108,388 N/A $102,257 $108,388 $108,388
Mississippi $85,500 N/A $85,500 $85,500 $122,000
Missouri $107,746 N/A $107,746 $120,000 $120,000
Montana $96,967 N/A $86,018 $96,972 $96,967
Nebraska $85,000 N/A $86,018 $103,501 $127,500
Nevada $97,000 $97,000 N/A $107,465 $88,799
New Hampshire $104,364 N/A N/A $93,812 $104,364
New Jersey $141,000 N/A N/A $141,000 $141,000
New Mexico $85,000 N/A $85,000 $125,000 $95,000
New York $127,000 $151,500 N/A $120,800 $127,000
North Carolina $123,198 N/A $123,198 $123,198 $123,198
North Dakota $82,849 N/A $87,728 $90,122 $84,000
Ohio $109,986 N/A $109,985 $121,784 $90,397
Oklahoma $114,713 N/A $114,713 $87,005 $105,053
Oregon $72,000 N/A $140,964 $136,320 $72,000
Pennsylvania $152,443 N/A $152,443 $131,992 $146,579
Rhode Island $108,808 N/A $140,050 $108,460 $130,152
South Carolina $92,007 $92,007 N/A $92,007 $116,797
South Dakota $78,363 N/A $98,345 $90,000 $100,000
Tennessee $182,880 $182,880 N/A $152,400 $152,400
Texas $126,214 $150,000 $198,000 $137,500 $140,000
Utah $104,000 N/A $104,000 $101,608 $101,608
Vermont $90,376 N/A $90,376 $115,606 $93,995
Virginia $157,249 N/A N/A $120,000 $110,250
Washington $113,436 N/A $116,950 $118,800 $135,144
West Virginia $95,000 N/A $95,000 $95,000 $70,000
Wisconsin $68,556 N/A $111,000 $120,000 $85,608
Wyoming $92,000 N/A $92,000 $107,588 $88,439
Compensation of down ballot/appointed officers, 2012 (continued)
State Insurance Commissioner Superintendent of Schools Nat. Resource Commissioner Public Utilities Commissioner
Alabama $91,014 $190,000 $141,000 $103,490
Alaska $124,128 $135,000 $135,000 $107,280
Arizona $115,650 $85,000 $131,500 $133,574
Arkansas $120,258 $224,400 $103,611 $116,501
California $139,189 $151,127 $175,000 $138,528
Colorado $120,000 $225,000 $146,040 $114,948
Connecticut $143,000 $185,000 $134,093 $137,686
Delaware $107,457 $158,599 $126,327 $105,570
Florida $133,158 $275,000 $140,000 $125,000
Georgia $120,394 $123,270 $141,103 $116,452
Hawaii $95,232 $142,500 $103,512 $90,060
Idaho $97,323 $93,756 $112,798 $92,167
Illinois $135,081 $189,996 $133,273 $100,860
Indiana $92,500 $87,790 $105,000 $109,262
Iowa $106,623 $140,000 $128,890 $125,008
Kansas $86,003 $170,000 $111,490 $99,292
Kentucky $100,217 $225,000 $95,445 $127,260
Louisiana $115,000 $275,000 $129,210 $130,000
Maine $88,545 $102,689 $102,689 $117,104
Maryland $166,082 $195,000 $148,778 $150,000
Massachusetts $123,600 $154,500 $150,000 $133,900
Michigan $115,000 $183,945 $140,000 $113,612
Minnesota $97,217 $108,388 $108,388 $88,448
Mississippi $85,500 $276,000³ $120,386 $141,505
Missouri $120,000 $185,400 $120,000 $88,267
Montana $86,018 $104,635 $96,967 $94,531
Nebraska $111,650 $207,500 $109,502 $120,164
Nevada $117,030 $113,295 $127,721 $112,275
New Hampshire $104,364 $112,861 $98,691 $110,036
New Jersey $130,000 $141,000 $125,000 $141,000
New Mexico $100,000 $125,000 $95,986 $90,000
New York $127,000 $212,500 $136,000 $127,000
North Carolina $123,198 $123,198 $120,363 $137,203
North Dakota $87,727 $99,876 $107,328 $90,120
Ohio $150,405 $185,016 $127,400 $124,509
Oklahoma $126,713 $124,373 $86,310 $107,669¹
Oregon $150,252 $72,000 136,320 N/A ²
Pennsylvania $131,922 $142,310 $139,250 $141,750
Rhode Island $101,598 $203,000 $108,460 $125,071
South Carolina $112,407 $92,007 $121,380 $160,272
South Dakota $83,015 $103,500 $100,000 $91,390
Tennessee $152,400 $203,208 $152,400 $152,400
Texas $163,800 $186,300 $145,200 $120,000
Utah $107,266 $177,819 $126,214 $104,395
Vermont $127,254 $113,402 $115,606 $116,688
Virginia $149,547 $175,467 $152,793 $144,587¹
Washington $116,950 $117,972 $121,618 $124,164
West Virginia $92,500 $165,000 $75,000 $90,000
Wisconsin $117,500 $120,111 $125,000 $124,000
Wyoming $101,567 $92,000 $43,842 $115,712

¹The Council of State Governments used average salaries among all commissioners for public utilities commissioners in Oklahoma and Virginia.
²The 2012 Book of the States had no information on the Oregon Public Utilities Commission.
³Tom Burnham retired in July 2012 and the interim superintendent's salary was set by the Mississippi Board of Education.

Changes from 2010

In 2011, there were only 13 (6.9 percent) of the 189 listed governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices where the salaries decreased from 2010 to 2011. Forty-one offices (21.7 percent) experienced salary increases from 2010 to 2011. The remaining 135 offices (71.4 percent) did not experience year-to-year changes in annual salaries.

Salary comparisons for top state executive offices

The full chart of constitutional officer salaries is listed below:

Note: The highlighted cells in the table below indicate salary increases from 2010 and salary decreases from 2010. N/A indicates a position that does not exist or information was not available.

Compensation of constitutional state executive officers, 2011
State Governor Lieutenant Governor Attorney General Secretary of State
Alabama $119,950 $72,000 $178,503 $82,237
Alaska $125,000 $100,000 $135,000 N/A
Arizona $95,000 N/A $90,000 $70,000
Arkansas $86,890 $41,896 $72,408 $54,305
California $173,987 $130,490 $151,127 $130,490
Colorado $90,000 $68,500 $80,000 $68,500
Connecticut $150,000 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000
Delaware $171,000 $76,250 $140,950 $123,850
Florida $130,273 $124,851 $128,972 $140,000
Georgia $139,339 $91,609 $137,791 $123,636
Hawaii $117,312 $114,420 $114,420 N/A
Idaho $110,734 $29,184 $99,825 $90,006
Illinois $182,100 $139,200 $160,700 $160,700
Indiana $95,000 $79,192 $82,734 $68,772
Iowa $130,000 $103,212 $123,669 $103,212
Kansas $99,636 $54,000 $98,901 $86,003
Kentucky $147,798 $110,346 $110,346 $110,346
Louisiana $130,000 $115,000 $115,000 $115,000
Maine $70,000 N/A $92,248 $69,264
Maryland $150,000 $125,000 $125,000 $87,500
Massachusetts $140,535 $124,920 $133,644 $130,916
Michigan $159,300 $123,900 $124,900 $124,900
Minnesota $120,303 $78,197 $114,288 $90,227
Mississippi $122,160 $61,714 $103,512 $85,500
Missouri $133,821 $86,484 $116,437 $107,746
Montana $104,400 $83,394 $104,076 $79,129
Nebraska $105,000 $75,000 $95,000 $85,000
Nevada $141,000 $60,000 $133,000 $97,000
New Hampshire $113,834 N/A $110,114 $104,364
New Jersey $175,000 $141,000 $141,000 N/A
New Mexico $110,000 $85,000 $95,000 $85,000
New York $179,000 $151,500 $151,500 $120,800
North Carolina $139,590 $123,198 $123,198 $123,198
North Dakota $110,283 $85,614 $113,266 $87,728
Ohio $144,269 $142,501 $109,554 $109,554
Oklahoma $147,700 $114,713 $132,850 $94,500
Oregon $93,600 N/A $77,200 $72,000
Pennsylvania $177,888 $149,424 $148,003 $128,080
Rhode Island $129,210 $108,808 N/A $108,808
South Carolina $106,078 $100,000 $92,007 $92,007
South Dakota $98,031 $17,699 $97,928 $78,363
Tennessee $170,340 $57,027 $165,336 $180,000
Texas $150,000 $7,200 $150,000 $125,880
Utah $109,470 $104,000 $98,509 N/A
Vermont $142,542 $60,507 $108,202 $90,376
Virginia $175,000 $36,321 $150,000 $152,793
Washington $166,891 $93,948 $151,718 $116,950
West Virginia $150,000 N/A $95,000 $95,000
Wisconsin $144,423 $76,261 $140,147 $68,556
Wyoming $105,000 N/A $137,150 $92,000

Average salaries by region

The chart below displays an overview of the average salary of each type of state executive officer by region. The regions are: East[9]; Midwest[10]; South[11]; and West[12]. Executive officers were best paid in the eastern United States with a mean wage of $117,633 across all offices in 2010. Midwestern states featured the lowest average state executive wage in 2010, at $110,437, about 12 percent lower than their eastern counterparts. The south had some of the best and worst paid state executives in the nation; for example, Tennessee and Louisiana had the second and third highest salary levels in the country, while West Virginia and Arkansas stood at 41st and 45th, respectively.

Average state executive compensation by region, 2010
Region Governor Lt. Governor Attorney General Secretary of State Treasurer Comptroller Auditor
East $144,058 $114,824 $123,643 $107,371 $114,958 $128,833 $128,274
Midwest $128,840 $91,758 $111,666 $95,570 $98,621 $135,700 $106,474
South $135,982 $83,501 $124,338 $110,844 $114,681 $140,669 $112,371
West $118,705 $86,617 $112,508 $90,483 $97,553 $111,235 $114,648
National $131,695 $92,894 $118,322 $102,010 $106,756 $126,286 $113,979
Average state executive compensation by region, 2010 (continued)
Region Agri. Comm. Labor Comm. Insurance Comm. Superintendent of Schools Nat. Resources Comm. Public Services Comm. All offices
East $118,790 $122,712 $116,915 $151,315 $126,111 $123,141 $124,578
Midwest $109,485 $108,759 $104,444 $144,572 $117,198 $105,201 $110,437
South $111,537 $118,684 $118,626 $194,880 $117,205 $121,488 $123,041
West $120,726 $114,622 $112,369 $130,358 $121,682 $111,080 $111,731
National $115,070 $116,215 $113,503 $157,452 $120,327 $115,563 $117,633


Salaries of constitutional state executive officers

The below chart displays the salaries of the four state executive offices most commonly established in a state's constitution: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Offices that may not exist in a given state are marked "N/A." In nearly all states, the compensation of these offices is established either in the state constitution or by statute.

In 2010, the top five salaries for each constitutional officer were:

Salary comparisons for top state executive offices

The full chart of constitutional officer salaries is listed below:

Compensation of constitutional state executive officers, 2010
State Governor Lieutenant Governor Attorney General Secretary of State
Alabama $112,895 $73,488 $168,003 $79,580
Alaska $125,000 $100,000 $135,000 N/A
Arizona $95,000 N/A $90,000 $70,000
Arkansas $87,352 $42,219 $172,794 $54,594
California $173,987 $130,490 $151,127 $130,490
Colorado $90,000 $68,500 $80,000 $68,500
Connecticut $150,000 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000
Delaware $171,000 $74,345 $137,425 $120,755
Florida $130,273 $124,851 $128,972 $120,000
Georgia $139,339 $91,609 $137,791 $123,636
Hawaii $117,312 $114,420 $114,420 N/A
Idaho $115,348 $30,400 $103,984 $93,756
Illinois $177,500 $135,700 $156,600 $156,600
Indiana $95,000 $79,192 $82,734 $68,772
Iowa $130,000 $103,212 $123,669 $103,212
Kansas $110,707 $100,000 $98,901 $86,003
Kentucky $145,885 $108,720 $108,720 $108,720
Louisiana $130,000 $115,000 $115,000 $115,000
Maine $70,000 N/A $92,248 $83,844
Maryland $150,000 $125,000 $125,000 $87,500
Massachusetts $140,535 $124,920 $133,644 $130,916
Michigan $177,000 $123,900 $124,900 $124,900
Minnesota $120,303 $78,197 $114,288 $90,227
Mississippi $122,160 $61,714 $108,960 $90,000
Missouri $133,821 $86,484 $116,437 $107,746
Montana $100,121 $79,007 $89,602 $79,129
Nebraska $105,000 $75,000 $95,000 $85,000
Nevada $141,000 $60,000 $133,000 $97,000
New Hampshire $113,834 N/A $110,114 $104,364
New Jersey $175,000 $141,000 $141,000 N/A
New Mexico $110,000 $85,000 $95,000 $85,000
New York $179,000 $151,500 $151,500 $120,800
North Carolina $139,590 $123,198 $123,198 $123,198
North Dakota $105,036 $81,540 $91,716 $83,556
Ohio $144,269 $142,501 $109,554 $109,554
Oklahoma $147,700 $114,713 $132,850 $94,500
Oregon $93,600 N/A $77,200 $72,000
Pennsylvania $174,914 $146,926 $145,529 $125,939
Rhode Island $117,817 $99,214 $105,416 $99,214
South Carolina $106,078 $100,000 $92,007 $92,007
South Dakota $112,895 $112,895 $168,003 $79,580
Tennessee $170,340 N/A $165,336 $180,000
Texas $150,000 $7,200 $150,000 $125,880
Utah $109,900 $104,405 $104,405 N/A
Vermont $142,542 $60,507 $108,202 $90,376
Virginia $175,000 $36,321 $150,000 $152,793
Washington $166,891 $93,948 $151,718 $116,950
West Virginia $150,000 N/A $95,000 $95,000
Wisconsin $137,092 $72,394 $133,033 $65,079
Wyoming $105,000 N/A $137,150 $92,000

Salaries of other state executive officers

The salaries of other state executive offices are displayed below. The offices include: treasurer, controller/comptroller, auditor, agriculture commissioner, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner, superintendent of schools, natural resources commissioner and public services commission. Offices that may not exist in a given state are marked "N/A."

Most of these offices are established by state law, not the constitution, are appointive, and are officially nonpartisan. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this rule. For instance, the Florida Chief Financial Officer, the state's equivalent of treasurer and controller, is an elected member of the governor's cabinet.

In 2010, the top five salaries for each office were:

The full chart is displayed below:

Compensation of down ballot/appointed officers, 2010
State Treasurer Comptroller Auditor Agriculture Commissioner Labor Commissioner
Alabama $79,580 N/A $79,580 $79,026 $91,013
Alaska $123,456 $114,996 N/A $103,116 $135,000
Arizona $70,000 N/A N/A $102,260 $126,069
Arkansas $54,594 N/A $54,594 $102,784 $115,007
California $139,189 $139,189 $175,000 $175,000 $175,000
Colorado $68,500 N/A N/A $146,040 $146,040
Connecticut $110,000 $110,000 N/A $120,200 $132,613
Delaware $107,300 N/A $102,715 $112,660 $112,660
Florida $128,972 N/A N/A $128,972 $120,000
Georgia $130,927 N/A $152,160 $121,556 $121,570
Hawaii $108,972 N/A $120,444 $103,512 $103,512
Idaho $93,756 $93,756 N/A $106,620 $111,945
Illinois $130,800 $135,700 $139,800 $133,300 $124,100
Indiana $68,772 N/A $68,772 $99,001 $99,180
Iowa $103,212 N/A $103,212 $103,212 $112,069
Kansas $82,563 N/A N/A $100,000 $107,990
Kentucky $108,720 N/A $108,720 $108,720 $137,865
Louisiana $115,000 N/A N/A $115,000 $137,000
Maine $83,844 N/A $96,782 $102,689 $102,689
Maryland $125,000 $125,000 N/A $130,050 $143,270
Massachusetts $130,916 N/A $138,117 $120,000 $125,000
Michigan $174,204 N/A $152,274 $135,000 $140,000
Minnesota $108,388 N/A $102,257 $108,388 $108,388
Mississippi $90,000 N/A $90,000 $90,000 122,000
Missouri $107,746 N/A $107,744 $120,000 $120,000
Montana 96,967 N/A $82,420 $96,972 $96,967
Nebraska $85,000 N/A $85,000 $102,278 $118,000
Nevada $97,000 $97,000 N/A $107,465 $88,799
New Hampshire $104,364 N/A N/A $93,812 $104,364
New Jersey $141,000 N/A N/A $141,000 $141,000
New Mexico $85,000 N/A $85,000 $160,064 $105,000
New York $127,000 $151,500 N/A $120,800 $127,000
North Carolina $123,198 N/A $123,198 $123,198 $123,198
North Dakota $78,900 N/A $83,556 $85,836 $79,596
Ohio $109,554 N/A $109,554 $111,072 $87,547
Oklahoma $114,713 N/A $114,713 $87,005 $105,053
Oregon $72,000 N/A $140,964 $136,320 $72,000
Pennsylvania $145,529 N/A $145,529 $125,939 $139,931
Rhode Island $99,214 N/A $196,124 $103,514 $127,440
South Carolina $92,007 $92,007 N/A $92,007 $116,797
South Dakota $78,363 N/A $98,345 $103,000 $113,448
Tennessee $180,000 $180,000 N/A $135,000 $135,000
Texas $150,000 $150,000 $198,000 $137,500 $140,000
Utah $104,405 N/A $104,405 $101,999 $101,999
Vermont $90,376 N/A $90,376 $109,387 $93,870
Virginia $149,761 N/A N/A $137,280 $125,759
Washington $116,950 N/A $116,950 $122,478 $139,320
West Virginia $95,000 N/A $95,000 $95,000 $70,000
Wisconsin $65,079 N/A $121,973 $123,248 $106,031
Wyoming $92,000 N/A $92,000 $107,588 $88,439
Compensation of down ballot/appointed officers, 2010 (continued)
State Insurance Commissioner Superintendent of Schools Nat. Resource Commissioner Public Utilities Commissioner
Alabama $103,810 $197,965 $91,013 $96,609
Alaska $114,996 $135,000 $135,000 $100,116
Arizona $115,650 $85,000 $131,500 $130,000
Arkansas $117,899 $219,999 $101,579 $111,482
California $139,189 $151,127 $175,000 $137,100
Colorado $110,388 $223,860 $146,040 $114,948
Connecticut $143,222 $180,353 $138,123 $137,686
Delaware $102,715 $151,565 $120,755 $90,920
Florida $133,158 $275,000 $123,295 $125,000
Georgia $120,394 $123,269 $141,103 $116,452
Hawaii $100,248 $150,000 $103,512 $90,060
Idaho $97,323 $93,756 $112,798 $92,167
Illinois $135,100 $189,996 $133,300 $110,772
Indiana $90,500 $82,734 $105,000 $109,262
Iowa $104,533 $148,526 $106,090 $125,008
Kansas $86,003 $160,000 $111,490 $91,416
Kentucky $99,225 $225,000 $95,445 $127,260
Louisiana $115,000 $341,458 $129,210 $130,000
Maine $96,553 $102,689 $89,523 $117,104
Maryland $156,060 $195,000 $148,778 $150,000
Massachusetts $94,548 $154,500 $150,000 $115,968
Michigan $112,199 $183,945 $140,000 $113,612
Minnesota $97,217 $108,388 $108,388 $88,448
Mississippi $90,000 $307,125 $120,386 $141,505
Missouri $103,860 $185,400 $120,000 $88,267
Montana $79,134 $104,635 $96,967 $88,528
Nebraska $110,228 $207,500 $107,532 $118,387
Nevada $117,030 $113,295 $127,721 $112,275
New Hampshire $104,364 $112,861 $98,691 $110,036
New Jersey $130,000 $141,000 $123,600 $141,000
New Mexico $110,388 $173,859 $133,280 $90,000
New York $127,000 $170,165 $136,000 $127,000
North Carolina $123,198 $123,198 $120,363 $123,936
North Dakota $83,544 $95,112 $102,216 $85,824
Ohio $128,564 $194,501 $128,003 $109,595
Oklahoma $126,713 $124,373 $86,310 $109,169
Oregon $150,252 $72,000 $127,884 $143,136
Pennsylvania $125,939 $139,931 $132,934 $135,434
Rhode Island $109,613 $203,000 $130,152 $112,716
South Carolina $112,407 $92,007 $121,380 $160,272
South Dakota $83,015 $110,000 $116,531 $91,390
Tennessee $135,000 $180,000 $135,000 $150,000
Texas $163,800 $186,300 $145,200 $115,500
Utah $107,678 $178,503 $126,700 $101,999
Vermont $96,054 $113,402 $104,499 $116,688
Virginia $142,425 $167,111 $152,793 $136,875
Washington $116,950 $121,618 $121,618 $128,000
West Virginia $92,500 $175,000 $75,000 $90,000
Wisconsin $117,980 $109,587 $130,623 $113,502
Wyoming $101,567 $92,000 $43,842 $115,712

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