How Much Is Your State’s Governor Paid?

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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.

Pay data is from the Council of State Governments except where noted otherwise. Political party affiliations are from the National Governors Association.

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