Do you know how much Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp makes per year?

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The governor of Georgia now draws a yearly salary of $175,000, the ninth-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

State2018 Salary2018 Rank
California *$210,0001
New York$200,0002
Massachusetts$195,9703
Pennsylvania$194,8504
Tennessee$194,1125
Washington$183,0726
Vermont$178,2747
Illinois$177,4128
Georgia$175,0009
New Jersey$175,00010
Virginia$175,00011
Delaware$171,00012
Maryland$170,00013
Nevada$163,47414
Michigan$159,30015
Hawaii$158,70016
Texas$153,75017
Ohio$153,65018
Wisconsin$152,75619
Connecticut$150,00020
Utah$150,00021
West Virginia$150,00022
Kentucky$148,78123
Arkansas$148,13424
Oklahoma$147,00025
Rhode Island$145,75526
Alaska$145,00027
North Carolina$144,34928
Idaho$138,30229
New Hampshire$134,58130
Missouri$133,82131
Florida$130,27332
Iowa$130,00033
Louisiana$130,00034
North Dakota$129,09635
Minnesota$127,62936
Mississippi$122,16037
Indiana$121,33138
Alabama$120,39539
Montana$118,39740
South Dakota$113,96141
New Mexico$110,00042
South Carolina$106,07843
Nebraska$105,00044
Wyoming$105,00045
Kansas$99,63646
Oregon$98,60047
Arizona$95,00048
Colorado$92,70049
Maine$70,00050
U.S. average$144,046

* as of December 2019

Source: Ballotpedia.org; media reports

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