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  • 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.

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    1.Andrew Cuomo - New York

    Annual Salary: $179,000

    Political party: Democratic

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    2.Pat Quinn - Illinois

    Annual Salary: $177,500

    Political party: Democratic

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    3.Rick Snyder - Michigan

    Annual Salary: $177,000

    Political party: Republican

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    4.Chris Christie - New Jersey

    Annual Salary: $175,000

    Political party: Republican

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    5.Bob McDonnell - Virginia

    Annual Salary: $175,000

    Political party: Republican

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    6.Tom Corbett - Pennsylvania

    Annual Salary: $174,914

    Political party: Republican

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    7.Jerry Brown - California

    Annual Salary: $173,987

    Political party: Democratic

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    8.Jack Markell - Delaware

    Annual Salary: $171,000

    Political party: Democratic

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    9.Bill Haslam - Tennessee

    Annual Salary: $170,340

    Political party: Republican

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    10.Christine Gregoire - Washington

    Annual Salary: $166,891

    Political party: Democratic

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