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Highest Paying States for Chief Executives

The highest paying states for chief executives (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of chief executives in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $207,000, Florida is the highest paying state for chief executives. It is followed by Georgia (average annual salary $206,210). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of chief executives in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Chief Executives

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Florida
$207,000
$89,510 14,120
2 Georgia
$206,210
$90,130 6,750
3 Massachusetts
$205,560
$91,410 11,020
4 Pennsylvania
$200,750
$86,580 9,230
5 District of Columbia
$198,450
$107,420 2,840
6 Maryland
$197,400
$26,180 1,800
7 Alabama
$196,750
$98,310 1,030
8 Ohio
$189,170
$70,860 5,340
9 Vermont
$188,430
$69,310 280
10 Texas
$185,930
$92,230 5,890
11 Delaware
$185,880
$136,360 340
12 South Dakota
$182,540
$121,740 560
13 Illinois
$179,950
$56,650 17,440
14 Washington
$177,000
$85,030 5,910
15 Minnesota
$171,600
$78,250 7,490
16 New Hampshire
$169,570
$98,800 940
17 Arizona
$167,500
$76,140 5,750
18 Nevada
$162,810
$74,160 1,410
19 Iowa
$160,960
$30,510 2,050
20 Michigan
$160,160
$77,100 6,260
21 Oregon
$158,990
$70,990 2,650
22 Louisiana
$157,470
$62,530 1,010
23 Hawaii
$154,880
$70,510 1,840
24 Colorado
$149,750
$95,060 880
25 Alaska
$149,330
$75,270 760
26 South Carolina
$149,090
$30,170 3,400
27 Kentucky
$146,710
$84,040 3,440
28 Missouri
$144,210
$32,260 5,180
29 Kansas
$141,210
$64,520 4,410
30 North Dakota
$140,370
$67,880 920
31 Tennessee
$140,140
$37,170 5,460
32 Utah
$133,560
$18,770 3,650
33 Wyoming
$131,630
$78,030 160
34 Oklahoma
$130,940
$43,480 6,370
35 Maine
$126,810
$62,810 920
36 Indiana
$126,510
$18,720 4,950
37 Wisconsin
$115,930
$52,790 3,740
38 West Virginia
$112,210
$19,090 980
39 Virgin Islands
$110,990
$57,710 40
40 Montana
$108,540
$42,130 600
41 Mississippi
$94,780
$25,440 940
42 Arkansas
$85,550
$26,000 2,710
43 Idaho
$84,190
$18,090 1,400
44 Puerto Rico
$84,000
$48,230 3,070
45 Guam
$74,770
$26,640 540

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of chief executives in those states is not available at this time.

See also: Highest paying industries for chief executives, Top Paying Jobs in America.