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

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

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.


Alabama

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Governor Kay Ivey. Andrew Harnik/AP

Governor: Kay Ivey (Republican)

Salary: $US120,395


Alaska

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

Governor: Mike Dunleavy (Republican)

Salary: $US145,000


Arizona

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Governor Doug Ducey. Ross D. Franklin/AP

Governor: Doug Ducey (Republican)

Salary: $US95,000


Arkansas

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Governor Asa Hutchinson. C-Span

Governor: Asa Hutchinson (Republican)

Salary: $US148,134


California

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

Governor: Gavin Newsom (Democrat)

Salary: $US201,680


Colorado

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Governor Jared Polis in Denver. Associated Press/David Zalubowski

Governor: Jared Polis (Democrat)

Salary: $US90,000


Connecticut

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

Governor: Ned Lamont (Democrat)

Salary: $US150,000*

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


Delaware

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Governor John Carney. Susan Walsh/AP

Governor: John Carney Jr. (Democrat)

Salary: $US171,000


Florida

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

Governor: Ron DeSantis (Republican)

Salary: $US130,273


Georgia

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Governor Brian Kemp speaking. Kevin Cox/Getty Images

Governor: Brian Kemp (Republican)

Salary:$US175,000


Hawaii

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Governor David Ige. Cathy Bussewitz/AP

Governor: David Ige (Democrat)

Salary: $US158,700


Idaho

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

Governor: Brad Little (Republican)

Salary: $US138,302


Illinois

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

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.


Indiana

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Governor Eric Holcomb. Darron Cummings/AP

Governor: Eric Holcomb (Republican)

Salary: $US121,331


Iowa

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

Governor: Kim Reynolds (Republican)

Salary: $US130,000


Kansas

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

Governor: Laura Kelly (Democrat)

Salary: $US99,636


Kentucky

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Governor Andy Beshear AP

Governor: Andy Beshear (Democrat)

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


Louisiana

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. Associated Press/Molly Riley

Governor: John Bel Edwards (Democrat)

Salary: $US130,000


Maine

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Janet Mills celebrates her election win. AP Photo:Elise Amendola

Governor: Janet Mills (Democrat)

Salary: $US70,000


Maryland

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Patrick Semansky/AP

Governor: Larry Hogan (Republican)

Salary: $US170,000


Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Governor: Charlie Baker (Republican)

Salary: $US185,000


Michigan

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Gretchen Whitmer speaking during her Gubernatorial campaign. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Governor: Gretchen Whitmer (Democrat)

Salary: $US159,300


Minnesota

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

Governor: Tim Walz (Democrat)

Salary: $US127,629


Mississippi

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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves Washington Post Live

Governor: Tate Reeves (Republican)

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


Missouri

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

Governor: Mike Parson (Republican)

Salary: $US133,821


Montana

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Governor Steve Bullock. Matt Volz/AP

Governor: Steve Bullock (Democrat)

Salary: $US115,505


Nebraska

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. Alex Brandon/AP

Governor: Pete Ricketts (Republican)

Salary: $US105,000


Nevada

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Governor Steve Sisolak. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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

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New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu. Jim Cole/AP

Governor: Chris Sununu (Republican)

Salary: $US134,581


New Jersey

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

Governor: Phil Murphy (Democrat)

Salary: $US175,000


New Mexico

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

Governor: Michelle Lujan Grisham (Democrat)

Salary: $US110,000


New York

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

Governor: Andrew Cuomo (Democrat)

Salary: $US200,000


North Carolina

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Governor Roy Cooper. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images

Governor: Roy Cooper (Democrat)

Salary: $US144,349


North Dakota

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Governor Doug Burgum. Dave Kolpack/AP

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.”


Ohio

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File

Governor: Mike DeWine (Republican)

Salary: $US153,650


Oklahoma

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

Governor: Kevin Stitt (Republican)

Salary: $US147,000


Oregon

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Governor Kate Brown. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Governor: Kate Brown (Democrat)

Salary: $US98,600


Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Governor: Tom Wolf (Democrat)

Salary: $US194,850


Rhode Island

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Governor Gina Raimondo. AP

Governor: Gina Raimondo (Democrat)

Salary: $US145,755


South Carolina

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. Sean Rayford/AP

Governor: Henry McMaster (Republican)

Salary: $US106,078


South Dakota

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Governor Kristi Noem. Associated Press

Governor: Kristi Noem (Republican)

Salary: $US113,961


Tennessee

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Governor Bill Lee. Mark Humphrey/AP

Governor: Bill Lee (Republican)

Salary: $US194,112


Texas

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Office of Gov. Abbott via Associated Press

Governor: Greg Abbott (Republican)

Salary: $US153,750


Utah

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Governor Gary R. Herbert. Rick Bowmer/AP

Governor: Gary Herbert (Republican)

Salary: $US150,000


Vermont

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Governor Phil Scott Alison Redlich/AP

Governor: Phil Scott (Republican)

Salary: $US178,274


Virginia

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Governor Ralph Northam. AP

Governor: Ralph Northam (Democrat)

Salary: $US175,000


Washington

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Governor Jay Inslee. Elaine Thompson/AP

Governor: Jay Inslee (Democrat)

Salary: $US183,072


West Virginia

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Governor Jim Justice. Getty Images

Governor: Jim Justice (Republican)

Salary: $US150,000


Wisconsin

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Tony Evers. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Governor: Tony Evers (Democrat)

Salary: $US152,756


Wyoming

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Governor Mark Gordon. Mr. Satterly/Wikimedia Commons

Governor: Mark Gordon (Republican)

Salary: $US105,000