While top CEOs make a median salary of $1 million a month, a typical worker in Mississippi pulls in $3,138. Here's the median monthly earnings of full-time workers in every state.

Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau
  • An analysis of top CEO pay by The Wall Street Journal found that the typical S&P 500 CEO earned over $US1 million a month last year.
  • That works out to about 256 times the typical full-time American worker’s monthly paycheck.
  • Median monthly pay varies across the US, with the typical worker in Mississippi making $US3,138 a month and the typical worker in Washington, DC, making $US5,891.

Pay for top executives at big US companies is vastly higher than what everyday workers make, and a new report from The Wall Street Journal has found that CEOs have hit an eye-popping milestone in the size of their monthly paychecks.

The Journal recently analysed the 132 corporations in the S&P 500 that had published 2018 compensation for their CEOs as of March 15. It found that the median CEO made $US12.4 million last year, which works out to a monthly paycheck over $US1 million.

To put that into perspective, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median full-time, year-round American worker had annual earnings of $US46,881 in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available. That works out to a monthly paycheck of about $US3,907, meaning a CEO making $US1 million a month would be earning about 256 times what the typical worker does.

Read more: Here’s the highest-paying job in every US state

As the map above shows, monthly pay for full-time workers varies across the US. On the lower end is Mississippi, where the median full-time worker makes $US3,138 a month, meaning a $US1 million monthly paycheck is about 319 times what a typical Mississippian earns.

On the high end of the scale, workers in Washington, DC, enjoy median monthly earnings of $US5,891. The typical CEO in The Journal’s report still makes 170 times that amount.

Here’s the median monthly and annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers in each state and the US capital:


51. Mississippi

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,138

Median annual earnings: $US37,655


50. Arkansas

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,252

Median annual earnings: $US39,024


49. New Mexico

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,347

Median annual earnings: $US40,160


48. Florida

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,368

Median annual earnings: $US40,416


47. South Carolina

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,374

Median annual earnings: $US40,486


46. Idaho

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,384

Median annual earnings: $US40,603


45. Oklahoma

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,393

Median annual earnings: $US40,713


44. Montana

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,398

Median annual earnings: $US40,773


43. Tennessee

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,405

Median annual earnings: $US40,856


42. West Virginia

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,415

Median annual earnings: $US40,985


41. South Dakota

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,427

Median annual earnings: $US41,125


40. Kentucky

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,443

Median annual earnings: $US41,313


39. Alabama

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,449

Median annual earnings: $US41,382


38. Nevada

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,464

Median annual earnings: $US41,567


37. Louisiana

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,466

Median annual earnings: $US41,597


36. North Carolina

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,498

Median annual earnings: $US41,974


35. Missouri

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,511

Median annual earnings: $US42,131


33 (tie). Arizona

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,530

Median annual earnings: $US42,357


33 (tie). Georgia

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,530

Median annual earnings: $US42,357


32. Kansas

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,609

Median annual earnings: $US43,309


31. Indiana

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,672

Median annual earnings: $US44,063


30. Maine

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,709

Median annual earnings: $US44,508


28 (tie). Nebraska

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,734

Median annual earnings: $US44,803


28 (tie). Texas

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,734

Median annual earnings: $US44,803


27. Iowa

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,786

Median annual earnings: $US45,434


26. Vermont

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,798

Median annual earnings: $US45,574


25. Ohio

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,810

Median annual earnings: $US45,723


24. Utah

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,863

Median annual earnings: $US46,354


23. Michigan

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,892

Median annual earnings: $US46,709


22. Wyoming

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,897

Median annual earnings: $US46,767


21. Wisconsin

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,898

Median annual earnings: $US46,773


20. Oregon

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,901

Median annual earnings: $US46,814


19. Hawaii

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,915

Median annual earnings: $US46,978


18. North Dakota

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US3,928

Median annual earnings: $US47,133


17. Pennsylvania

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,023

Median annual earnings: $US48,275


16. Colorado

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,213

Median annual earnings: $US50,558


15. Illinois

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,213

Median annual earnings: $US50,560


14. California

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,234

Median annual earnings: $US50,807


13. Delaware

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,243

Median annual earnings: $US50,912


12. Minnesota

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,268

Median annual earnings: $US51,221


11. Rhode Island

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,274

Median annual earnings: $US51,286


10. Virginia

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,300

Median annual earnings: $US51,594


9. New York

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,313

Median annual earnings: $US51,753


8. Alaska

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,338

Median annual earnings: $US52,060


7. New Hampshire

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,341

Median annual earnings: $US52,088


6. Washington

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,540

Median annual earnings: $US54,477


5. Maryland

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,759

Median annual earnings: $US57,107


4. New Jersey

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Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,846

Median annual earnings: $US58,150


3. Connecticut

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US4,884

Median annual earnings: $US58,613


2. Massachusetts

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US5,077

Median annual earnings: $US60,923


1. District of Columbia

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers:$US5,891

Median annual earnings: $US70,695

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