New Map Shows Salary for Every State Governor


A new map has highlighted the yearly compensation of every governor in the nation.

The map — created by cost information website How Much — compared the salaries of governors from different political parties, in addition to revealing that governors from neighboring states often have large discrepancies in pay.

How Much color-coded political affiliations to make it easier to compare salaries by party. States with Republican governors are red, while those with Democrat governors are blue.

On the map, the state of Alaska is green, because its governor, Bill Walker, is an independent.

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The graphic revealed that seven of the top ten highest-paid governors in the nation are Democrats, though salaries are often determined years before governors take office.

Democrat Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania makes more than any governor in America, earning $187,818 per year.

Wolf, though, like many other governors, is not the recipient of that money. Instead, he donates his entire salary to charity.

Meanwhile, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is second on the list, earning $181,980 on an annual basis. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the third-highest salary, at $179,000.

A list of the ten highest-paid governors in the U.S. can be seen below.

  1. Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania — $187,818
  2. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee —  $181,980
  3. Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York — $179,000
  4. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois — $177,412
  5. Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey — $175,000
  6. Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia — $175,000
  7. Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown of California — $173,987
  8. Democrat Gov. John Carney of Delaware — $171,000
  9. Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington — $166,891
  10. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan — $159,300

The lowest-paid governor in America, on the other hand, is Republican Paul LePage. He earns just $70,000 a year, which is still considerably higher than the median U.S. family income.

How Much noted that governors in neighboring states often earn vastly different salaries.

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California borders Oregon, but Brown earns about $75,000 more per year than Oregon’s governor, Democrat Kate Brown.

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Moreover, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval makes over $50,000 more than fellow Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona.

How Much used salary figures from Ballotpedia to create the map.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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