How Much the Governor Gets Paid in Every State

Candidates battling for each state's top job must be chasing the big bucks, right? Not necessarily, especially compared with what he or she could make as a CEO.

Maine: $70,000

Maine governor's mansionjiawangkun /

Governor: Paul LePage

Age: 70

Party: Republican

Served since: 2011

State population (U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2016): 1,331,479

LePage comes from hardscrabble stock: One of 18 children, he ran away at 11 and supported himself for two years as a shoeshine boy. In 2016, his wife, Ann, took a summer waitressing job to save up for a new car.

Nov. 2018 election: LePage is on his way out after this term. In the Nov. 6 election, Maine voters are choosing between Republican candidate Shawn Moody, a business executive, and Democrat Janet Mills, the state’s attorney general. Polls show Mills as the frontrunner, according to the Press Herald.


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