Here's the salary of every governor in all 50 US states

Mark Wallheiser/Getty ImagesFlorida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks with President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in 2018.

Last week, President Trump walked back statements saying his “authority is total” when deciding when to reopen the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, instead stating that he was OK with governors taking the lead in deciding when and how to reopen their states.

Now, governors are taking the national spotlight as they make their decisions. And though the United States’ governors all share the same title, the nation’s 50 state leaders do not share the same salary.

Using the most recent data (from April 2019) from The Council of State Governments (CSG), we examined the salaries of the current governors roster to see how much each makes. Most governors are paid at least $US100,000, but leaders of five states receive a five-figure salary. The annual earnings range from $US70,000 (in Maine) to $US201,680 (in California).

While the pay pales in comparison to that of some high-powered CEOs and execs, a stint in the governor’s mansion can be a great stepping stone in a politician’s career. Of the 44 men who have been president of the United States, 17 had previously served as governor. The most recent to do so was George W. Bush, who was working out of the capitol building in Austin, Texas, when he was elected president.

Of the current slate of governors, 27 are Republicans and 23 are Democrats. Prior to the midterm elections last year, 33 were Republicans, 16 were Democrats, and one was an Independent. In total, the Democrats flipped seven gubernatorial races.

In the past, several governors have refused, reduced, or otherwise donated their earnings. Among them are current governors Andrew Cuomo and Gina Raimondo, who gave themselves 5% pay cuts.

Read on for each governor’s salary, listed in alphabetical order by state, along with their party affiliation.

Matthew Michaels and Marissa Perino contributed to an earlier version of this post.


Andrew Harnik/APGovernor Kay Ivey.

Governor: Kay Ivey (Republican)

Salary: $US120,395


Becky Bohrer/APGovernor Mike Dunleavy at a news conference in Juneau, Alaska.

Governor: Mike Dunleavy (Republican)

Salary: $US145,000


Ross D. Franklin/APGovernor Doug Ducey.

Governor: Doug Ducey (Republican)

Salary: $US95,000


C-SpanGovernor Asa Hutchinson.

Governor: Asa Hutchinson (Republican)

Salary: $US148,134


Associated PressGovernor Gavin Newsom answers questions at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, California.

Governor: Gavin Newsom (Democrat)

Salary: $US201,680


Associated Press/David ZalubowskiGovernor Jared Polis in Denver.

Governor: Jared Polis (Democrat)

Salary: $US90,000


Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesNed Lamont speaking in Hartford, Connecticut in 2006.

Governor: Ned Lamont (Democrat)

Salary: $US150,000*

*As noted in the Book of States 2019, Governor Lamont previously said he will forego his salary.


Susan Walsh/APGovernor John Carney.

Governor: John Carney Jr. (Democrat)

Salary: $US171,000


Butch Dill/APPresident Donald Trump stands behind Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis at a rally on November 3.

Governor: Ron DeSantis (Republican)

Salary: $US130,273


Kevin Cox/Getty ImagesGovernor Brian Kemp speaking.

Governor: Brian Kemp (Republican)



Cathy Bussewitz/APGovernor David Ige.

Governor: David Ige (Democrat)

Salary: $US158,700


Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons AttributionGovernor Brad Little on his family ranch in 2010.

Governor: Brad Little (Republican)

Salary: $US138,302


REUTERS/Jeenah MoonIllinois Governor J.B. Pritzker at a legislative conference.

Governor: J.B. Pritzker (Democrat)

Salary: $US177,412*

*As noted in the Book of States 2019, Governor Pritzker previously said he will not take his salary. The Chicago Tribune reported in January that the then governor-elect additionally promised to double his top aides’ state salaries using his personal fortune.


Darron Cummings/APGovernor Eric Holcomb.

Governor: Eric Holcomb (Republican)

Salary: $US121,331


Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump (left) and Governor Kim Reynolds (right).

Governor: Kim Reynolds (Republican)

Salary: $US130,000


Screenshot/Laura Kelly for GovernorGovernor Laura Kelly during her gubernatorial campaign.

Governor: Laura Kelly (Democrat)

Salary: $US99,636


APGovernor Andy Beshear

Governor: Andy Beshear (Democrat)

Salary: N/A, however former Governor Matt Bevin reportedly made $US148,781.


Associated Press/Molly RileyLouisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

Governor: John Bel Edwards (Democrat)

Salary: $US130,000


AP Photo:Elise AmendolaJanet Mills celebrates her election win.

Governor: Janet Mills (Democrat)

Salary: $US70,000


Patrick Semansky/APMaryland Governor Larry Hogan.

Governor: Larry Hogan (Republican)

Salary: $US170,000


Scott Eisen/Getty ImagesMassachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Governor: Charlie Baker (Republican)

Salary: $US185,000


Bill Pugliano/Getty ImagesGretchen Whitmer speaking during her Gubernatorial campaign.

Governor: Gretchen Whitmer (Democrat)

Salary: $US159,300


REUTERS/Brian SnyderGovernor Tim Walz speaks at a roundtable in Minneapolis.

Governor: Tim Walz (Democrat)

Salary: $US127,629


Washington Post LiveMississippi Governor Tate Reeves

Governor: Tate Reeves (Republican)

Salary: N/A, however former Gov. Tate Reeves reportedly made $US185,000


REUTERS/Joshua RobertsGovernor Mike Parson speaks with President Donald Trump in St. Louis.

Governor: Mike Parson (Republican)

Salary: $US133,821


Matt Volz/APGovernor Steve Bullock.

Governor: Steve Bullock (Democrat)

Salary: $US115,505


Alex Brandon/APNebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

Governor: Pete Ricketts (Republican)

Salary: $US105,000


Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesGovernor Steve Sisolak.

Governor: Steve Sisolak (Democrat)

Salary: $US149,573*

*As noted in the Book of States 2019, Governor Sisolak previously pledged to donate his net state salary back to high-poverty K-12 public schools throughout all four years of his term.

New Hampshire

Jim Cole/APNew Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu.

Governor: Chris Sununu (Republican)

Salary: $US134,581

New Jersey

Julio Cortez/APFormer President Barack Obama, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor candidate Sheila Oliver, and Phil Murphy during his campaign (left to right).

Governor: Phil Murphy (Democrat)

Salary: $US175,000

New Mexico

REUTERS/Brian SnyderMichelle Lujan Grisham on midterm elections day in Albuquerque.

Governor: Michelle Lujan Grisham (Democrat)

Salary: $US110,000

New York

Richard Drew/APGovernor Andrew Cuomo signing New York’s $US15 minimum wage plan in 2016.

Governor: Andrew Cuomo (Democrat)

Salary: $US200,000

North Carolina

Sara D. Davis/Getty ImagesGovernor Roy Cooper.

Governor: Roy Cooper (Democrat)

Salary: $US144,349

North Dakota

Dave Kolpack/APGovernor Doug Burgum.

Governor: Doug Burgum (Republican)

Salary: $US129,096*

*As noted in the Book of States 2019, Governor Burgum previously said he will not take his salary, though the Bismarck Tribune reported in April that North Dakota House budget writers had given him a salary anyway, against his request, citing that it wouldn’t be a good precedent to set and noting that he could donate his salary to “some worthy cause.”


AP Photo/Paul Vernon, FileOhio Governor Mike DeWine.

Governor: Mike DeWine (Republican)

Salary: $US153,650


The White House/Wikimeida CommonsOklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (left) seated next to Idaho Governor Brad Little (right).

Governor: Kevin Stitt (Republican)

Salary: $US147,000


Rich Pedroncelli/APGovernor Kate Brown.

Governor: Kate Brown (Democrat)

Salary: $US98,600


AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhitePennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Governor: Tom Wolf (Democrat)

Salary: $US194,850

Rhode Island

APGovernor Gina Raimondo.

Governor: Gina Raimondo (Democrat)

Salary: $US145,755

South Carolina

Sean Rayford/APSouth Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Governor: Henry McMaster (Republican)

Salary: $US106,078

South Dakota

Associated PressGovernor Kristi Noem.

Governor: Kristi Noem (Republican)

Salary: $US113,961


Mark Humphrey/APGovernor Bill Lee.

Governor: Bill Lee (Republican)

Salary: $US194,112


Office of Gov. Abbott via Associated PressTexas Governor Greg Abbott.

Governor: Greg Abbott (Republican)

Salary: $US153,750


Rick Bowmer/APGovernor Gary R. Herbert.

Governor: Gary Herbert (Republican)

Salary: $US150,000


Alison Redlich/APGovernor Phil Scott

Governor: Phil Scott (Republican)

Salary: $US178,274


APGovernor Ralph Northam.

Governor: Ralph Northam (Democrat)

Salary: $US175,000


Elaine Thompson/APGovernor Jay Inslee.

Governor: Jay Inslee (Democrat)

Salary: $US183,072

West Virginia

Getty ImagesGovernor Jim Justice.

Governor: Jim Justice (Republican)

Salary: $US150,000


Scott Olson/Getty ImagesTony Evers.

Governor: Tony Evers (Democrat)

Salary: $US152,756


Mr. Satterly/Wikimedia CommonsGovernor Mark Gordon.

Governor: Mark Gordon (Republican)

Salary: $US105,000

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