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Ohio governor makes annual salary of $153,650

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The governor of Ohio now draws a yearly salary of $153,650, the 18th-highest salary among the governors of the 50 states, according to recently reported financial data and media reports.

Based on the most recent numbers, the average U.S. governor’s salary stands at $144,046.

Either state constitutions or statutes determine the governors’ salaries, according to Ballotpeda.com. But salaries are only one part of the compensation provided to states’ chief executives since other benefits can include an official residence, insurance and travel subsidies.

In some states, salaries rise automatically every year based on the rate of inflation or a previously determined percentage. In other states, however, legislatures must approve pay hikes before they can take effect.

Governor Salaries Among the 50 States, 2018-19

State 2018 Salary 2018 Rank
California * $210,000 1
New York $200,000 2
Massachusetts $195,970 3
Pennsylvania $194,850 4
Tennessee $194,112 5
Washington $183,072 6
Vermont $178,274 7
Illinois $177,412 8
Georgia $175,000 9
New Jersey $175,000 10
Virginia $175,000 11
Delaware $171,000 12
Maryland $170,000 13
Nevada $163,474 14
Michigan $159,300 15
Hawaii $158,700 16
Texas $153,750 17
Ohio $153,650 18
Wisconsin $152,756 19
Connecticut $150,000 20
Utah $150,000 21
West Virginia $150,000 22
Kentucky $148,781 23
Arkansas $148,134 24
Oklahoma $147,000 25
Rhode Island $145,755 26
Alaska $145,000 27
North Carolina $144,349 28
Idaho $138,302 29
New Hampshire $134,581 30
Missouri $133,821 31
Florida $130,273 32
Iowa $130,000 33
Louisiana $130,000 34
North Dakota $129,096 35
Minnesota $127,629 36
Mississippi $122,160 37
Indiana $121,331 38
Alabama $120,395 39
Montana $118,397 40
South Dakota $113,961 41
New Mexico $110,000 42
South Carolina $106,078 43
Nebraska $105,000 44
Wyoming $105,000 45
Kansas $99,636 46
Oregon $98,600 47
Arizona $95,000 48
Colorado $92,700 49
Maine $70,000 50
U.S. average $144,046

* as of December 2019

Source: Ballotpedia.org; media reports