Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

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Lieutenant gubernatorial salaries are typically determined either by a state's constitution or statute. Most often, the salary portion of a lieutenant 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. In some cases, salaries are automatically increased each year either at the rate of inflation or by some other percentage chosen by the legislature.

The highest-paid lieutenant governor in 2014 was Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (R), who received a salary of $157,765. With a salary of $7,200, not including the additional compensation he received as the president of the Texas Senate,Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was the lowest-paid lieutenant governor as well as the lowest-paid state executive officer overall in 2014.[1] The largest salary decrease in 2014 was the 49.1 percent decrease for the Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (R).

This comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries page provides an overview of the annual salaries received by lieutenant governors 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.[2]

Note: In Alaska, Hawaii, New Jersey and Utah, the position of Lieutenant Governor is equivalent to that of Secretary of State.

Five states, however, do not have a Lieutenant Governor position: Maine, Arizona, Wyoming, New Hampshire and Oregon.

Salary comparison table: 2010 - 2014

For a more detailed explanation about the lieutenant 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 $68,556 31 $134,592 5 $134,592 5 $72,000 33 $73,488 33
Alaska $115,000 11 $115,000 12 $115,000 13 $100,000 20 $100,000 20
Arizona - - - - - - - - - -
Arkansas $41,896 39 $41,896 40 $41,896 40 $41,896 39 $42,219 39
California $130,490 6 $130,490 6 $130,490 6 $130,490 6 $130,490 6
Colorado $68,500 32 $68,500 33 $68,500 34 $68,500 34 $68,500 35
Connecticut $110,000 15 $110,000 17 $110,000 18 $110,000 16 $110,000 15
Delaware $78,553 26 $78,553 28 $77,775 31 $76,250 31 $74,345 32
Florida $124,851 8 $124,851 8 $124,851 8 $124,851 9 $124,851 9
Georgia $91,609 21 $91,609 22 $91,609 22 $91,609 23 $91,609 24
Hawaii $140,220 4 $114,420 15 $114,420 15 $114,420 14 $114,420 14
Idaho $35,700 41 $35,100 42 $30,400 42 $29,184 41 $30,400 41
Illinois $135,669 5 $135,669 4 $135,669 4 $139,200 5 $135,700 5
Indiana $88,543 22 $85,881 26 $84,031 28 $79,192 28 $79,192 28
Iowa $103,212 18 $103,212 20 $103,212 21 $103,212 19 $103,212 18
Kansas $54,000 37 $54,000 38 $54,000 38 $54,000 38 $100,000 19
Kentucky $117,329 10 $115,593 11 $113,615 16 $110,346 15 $108,720 16
Louisiana $115,000 12 $115,000 13 $115,000 12 $115,000 12 $115,000 12
Maine - - - - - - - - - -
Maryland $125,000 7 $125,000 7 $125,000 7 $125,000 7 $125,000 7
Massachusetts N/A N/A $124,295 10 $124,295 9 $124,920 8 $124,920 8
Michigan $111,510 14 $111,510 16 $111,510 17 $123,900 10 $123,900 10
Minnesota $77,896 28 $78,197 29 $78,197 29 $78,197 29 $78,197 30
Mississippi $60,000 36 $60,000 37 $61,714 35 $61,714 35 $61,714 36
Missouri $86,484 23 $86,484 24 $86,484 24 $86,484 24 $86,484 25
Montana $86,362 24 $86,362 25 $86,362 25 $83,394 27 $79,007 29
Nebraska $75,000 30 $75,000 32 $75,000 33 $75,000 32 $75,000 31
Nevada $63,648 34 $63,648 34 $60,000 37 $60,000 37 $60,000 38
New Hampshire - - - - - - - - - -
New Jersey $141,000 3 $141,000 3 $141,000 3 $141,000 4 $141,000 4
New Mexico $85,000 25 $85,000 27 $85,000 27 $85,000 26 $85,000 26
New York $151,500 2 $151,500 2 $151,500 2 $151,500 1 $151,500 1
North Carolina $124,676 9 $124,676 9 $123,198 10 $123,198 11 $123,198 11
North Dakota $94,461 19 $90,828 23 $85,614 26 $85,614 25 $81,540 27
Ohio $78,041 27 $78,041 30 $78,041 30 $142,501 3 $142,501 3
Oklahoma $114,713 13 $114,713 14 $114,713 14 $114,713 13 $114,713 13
Oregon - - - - - - - - - -
Pennsylvania $157,765 1 $157,293 1 $153,907 1 $149,424 2 $146,926 2
Rhode Island $108,808 16 $108,808 18 $108,808 19 $108,808 17 $99,214 22
South Carolina $46,545 38 $46,545 39 $46,545 39 $100,000 21 $100,000 21
South Dakota $63,654 33 $61,800 (Part-time) 35 $120,000 11 $17,699 42 $17,699 42
Tennessee - - - - - - - - - -
Texas $7,200 42 $7,200 43 $7,200 43 $7,200 43 $7,200 43
Utah $104,000 17 $104,000 19 $104,000 20 $104,000 18 $104,405 17
Vermont $61,776 35 $60,507 36 $60,507 36 $60,507 36 $60,507 37
Virginia $36,321 40 $36,221 41 $36,321 41 $36,321 40 $36,321 40
Washington $93,948 20 $93,948 21 $91,129 23 $93,948 22 $93,948 23
West Virginia - - - - - - - - - -
Wisconsin $76,261 29 $76,261 31 $76,261 32 $76,261 30 $72,394 34
Wyoming - - - - - - - - - -

Analysis

2014

Top five salaries (2014)
1 Pennsylvania $157,765
2 New York $151,500
3 New Jersey $141,000
4 Hawaii $140,220
5 Illinois $135,669
Bottom five salaries (2014)
1 Texas $7,200
2 Idaho $35,700
3 Virginia $36,321
4 Arkansas $41,896
5 South Carolina $46,545

2013

Top five salaries (2013)
1 Pennsylvania $157,293
2 New York $151,500
3 New Jersey $141,000
4 Illinois $135,669
5 Alabama $134,592
Bottom five salaries (2013)
1 Texas $7,200
2 Idaho $35,100
3 Virginia $36,221
4 Arkansas $41,896
5 South Carolina $56,545

2012

Top five salaries (2012)
1 Pennsylvania $153,907
2 New York $151,500
3 New Jersey $141,000
4 Illinois $135,669
5 Alabama $134,592
Bottom five salaries (2012)
1 Texas $7,200
2 Idaho $30,400
3 Virginia $36,321
4 Arkansas $41,896
5 South Carolina $46,545

2011

Top five salaries (2011)
1 New York $151,500
2 Pennsylvania $149,424
3 Ohio $142,501
4 New Jersey $141,000
5 Illinois $139,200
Bottom five salaries (2011)
1 Texas $7,200
2 South Dakota $17,699
3 Idaho $29,184
4 Virginia $36,321
5 Arkansas $41,896

2010

Top five salaries (2010)
1 New York $151,500
2 Pennsylvania $146,926
3 Ohio $142,501
4 New Jersey $141,000
5 Illinois $135,700
Bottom five salaries (2010)
1 Texas $7,200
2 South Dakota $17,699
3 Idaho $30,400
4 Virginia $36,321
5 Arkansas $42,219

Notes

Seven states have either an ex officio lieutenant governor or an elected official who is allowed to use the title of Lieutenant Governor as an honorific. In these states, that officeholder is first in line to succeed to Governor and takes on duties traditionally associated with a Lieutenant Governor.

State Ex offico officer 2012 Salary 2012 Rank 2013 Salary 2013 Rank
Arizona Secretary of State $90,000 1 $70,000 1
Maine President of the Senate $13,852-1st year, $9,661-2nd year 6 $13,852-1st year, $9,661-2nd year 6
New Hampshire President of the Senate $200 7 $200 7
Oregon President of the Senate $21,612 5 $21,936 3
Tennessee President of the Senate $20,203 4 $19,009 5
West Virginia President of the Senate $20,000 3 $20,000 4
Wyoming Secretary of State $150/day 2 $150/day 2

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