10 Highest Paid Governors In United States 2011

The pay of each state’s chief executive can vary widely by state.In some cases, governors do not accept part or all of the salary they are entitled to.

According to the Council of State Governments’ most recent compensation survey, the average governor’s salary was $130,595 in 2010 — down 4 percent from the year before.Much of that decline is attributable to California, which reduced its governor’s salary from $212,179 in 2009 to $173,987 in 2010. Pay for top state executives in California is set by the Citizens Compensation Commission.

Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, wealthy from his acting career, never accepted a salary from the state. Jerry Brown, the new governor, does accept his. Elizabeth Ashford, a spokeswoman for Brown, says that given California’s fiscal situation, the state must find ways to keep costs down. “The governor’s salary is part of that,” she says.

1.Andrew Cuomo – New York

Annual Salary: $179,000

Political party: Democratic


2.Pat Quinn – Illinois

Annual Salary: $177,500

Political party: Democratic


3.Rick Snyder – Michigan

Annual Salary: $177,000

Political party: Republican


4.Chris Christie – New Jersey

Annual Salary: $175,000

Political party: Republican


5.Bob McDonnell – Virginia

Annual Salary: $175,000

Political party: Republican


6.Tom Corbett – Pennsylvania

Annual Salary: $174,914

Political party: Republican


7.Jerry Brown – California

Annual Salary: $173,987

Political party: Democratic


8.Jack Markell – Delaware

Annual Salary: $171,000

Political party: Democratic


9.Bill Haslam – Tennessee

Annual Salary: $170,340

Political party: Republican


10.Christine Gregoire – Washington

Annual Salary: $166,891

Political party: Democratic


Source: Complete list

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10 Highest Paid Governors In United States 2011