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.


Alabama

Andrew Harnik/APGovernor Kay Ivey.

Governor: Kay Ivey (Republican)

Salary: $US120,395


Alaska

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

Governor: Mike Dunleavy (Republican)

Salary: $US145,000


Arizona

Ross D. Franklin/APGovernor Doug Ducey.

Governor: Doug Ducey (Republican)

Salary: $US95,000


Arkansas

C-SpanGovernor Asa Hutchinson.

Governor: Asa Hutchinson (Republican)

Salary: $US148,134


California

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

Governor: Gavin Newsom (Democrat)

Salary: $US201,680


Colorado

Associated Press/David ZalubowskiGovernor Jared Polis in Denver.

Governor: Jared Polis (Democrat)

Salary: $US90,000


Connecticut

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.


Delaware

Susan Walsh/APGovernor John Carney.

Governor: John Carney Jr. (Democrat)

Salary: $US171,000


Florida

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


Georgia

Kevin Cox/Getty ImagesGovernor Brian Kemp speaking.

Governor: Brian Kemp (Republican)

Salary:$US175,000


Hawaii

Cathy Bussewitz/APGovernor David Ige.

Governor: David Ige (Democrat)

Salary: $US158,700


Idaho

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

Governor: Brad Little (Republican)

Salary: $US138,302


Illinois

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.


Indiana

Darron Cummings/APGovernor Eric Holcomb.

Governor: Eric Holcomb (Republican)

Salary: $US121,331


Iowa

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

Governor: Kim Reynolds (Republican)

Salary: $US130,000


Kansas

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

Governor: Laura Kelly (Democrat)

Salary: $US99,636


Kentucky

APGovernor Andy Beshear

Governor: Andy Beshear (Democrat)

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


Louisiana

Associated Press/Molly RileyLouisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

Governor: John Bel Edwards (Democrat)

Salary: $US130,000


Maine

AP Photo:Elise AmendolaJanet Mills celebrates her election win.

Governor: Janet Mills (Democrat)

Salary: $US70,000


Maryland

Patrick Semansky/APMaryland Governor Larry Hogan.

Governor: Larry Hogan (Republican)

Salary: $US170,000


Massachusetts

Scott Eisen/Getty ImagesMassachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Governor: Charlie Baker (Republican)

Salary: $US185,000


Michigan

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

Governor: Gretchen Whitmer (Democrat)

Salary: $US159,300


Minnesota

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

Governor: Tim Walz (Democrat)

Salary: $US127,629


Mississippi

Washington Post LiveMississippi Governor Tate Reeves

Governor: Tate Reeves (Republican)

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


Missouri

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

Governor: Mike Parson (Republican)

Salary: $US133,821


Montana

Matt Volz/APGovernor Steve Bullock.

Governor: Steve Bullock (Democrat)

Salary: $US115,505


Nebraska

Alex Brandon/APNebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

Governor: Pete Ricketts (Republican)

Salary: $US105,000


Nevada

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.”


Ohio

AP Photo/Paul Vernon, FileOhio Governor Mike DeWine.

Governor: Mike DeWine (Republican)

Salary: $US153,650


Oklahoma

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

Governor: Kevin Stitt (Republican)

Salary: $US147,000


Oregon

Rich Pedroncelli/APGovernor Kate Brown.

Governor: Kate Brown (Democrat)

Salary: $US98,600


Pennsylvania

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


Tennessee

Mark Humphrey/APGovernor Bill Lee.

Governor: Bill Lee (Republican)

Salary: $US194,112


Texas

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

Governor: Greg Abbott (Republican)

Salary: $US153,750


Utah

Rick Bowmer/APGovernor Gary R. Herbert.

Governor: Gary Herbert (Republican)

Salary: $US150,000


Vermont

Alison Redlich/APGovernor Phil Scott

Governor: Phil Scott (Republican)

Salary: $US178,274


Virginia

APGovernor Ralph Northam.

Governor: Ralph Northam (Democrat)

Salary: $US175,000


Washington

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


Wisconsin

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesTony Evers.

Governor: Tony Evers (Democrat)

Salary: $US152,756


Wyoming

Mr. Satterly/Wikimedia CommonsGovernor Mark Gordon.

Governor: Mark Gordon (Republican)

Salary: $US105,000

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