Governor: The boss of your state. The big shot. He or she must be pulling in the big bucks, right?
Yes and no.
Given that the governor of a state is its chief executive officer, that individual could make a lot more as a private-sector CEO — think seven or eight figures instead of five or six.
Some of the nonsalary benefits are pretty sweet, though. For example, most states provide a residence for their top dog, according to the Council of State Governments.
Where does your state’s highest-ranking official rank on the pay scale? Read on and find out. We’ve listed the states from those paying their governors the least to those with the fattest paychecks.