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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 $207,620, Nevada 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 2018 [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 Nevada
$207,620
$81,710 1,070
2 Georgia
$206,210
$93,510 6,480
3 Massachusetts
$205,560
$94,880 9,790
4 Connecticut
$204,430
$72,890 1,450
5 Illinois
$201,580
$69,070 13,920
6 Pennsylvania
$200,750
$93,290 7,680
7 Maryland
$199,750
$19,990 1,670
8 District of Columbia
$198,450
$125,160 2,140
9 Alabama
$196,460
$84,520 1,120
10 Ohio
$190,560
$66,670 4,990
11 Colorado
$189,040
$88,340 640
12 Louisiana
$186,470
$70,920 790
13 Texas
$185,930
$94,510 4,670
14 Delaware
$185,880
$136,360 320
15 South Dakota
$182,540
$121,320 520
16 Florida
$182,360
$62,410 19,350
17 Washington
$177,040
$83,710 5,390
18 Hawaii
$171,050
$78,990 1,520
19 Minnesota
$169,880
$79,350 6,240
20 Michigan
$167,450
$71,080 3,990
21 Arizona
$166,300
$71,480 7,170
22 Missouri
$164,040
$39,320 4,270
23 Iowa
$163,570
$26,920 1,710
24 New Hampshire
$163,210
$85,600 760
25 Oregon
$160,090
$66,580 1,940
26 South Carolina
$158,850
$19,740 2,930
27 Alaska
$152,840
$73,240 680
28 Utah
$148,090
$32,340 4,340
29 Kansas
$146,110
$63,710 4,210
30 Wyoming
$132,320
$78,310 140
31 Kentucky
$131,990
$67,700 3,440
32 West Virginia
$128,200
$19,300 990
33 North Dakota
$128,020
$53,820 640
34 Oklahoma
$123,410
$39,610 5,580
35 Tennessee
$123,170
$25,680 5,830
36 Indiana
$122,610
$18,470 4,910
37 Wisconsin
$121,090
$58,500 5,160
38 Maine
$116,800
$62,920 890
39 Vermont
$112,760
$50,310 410
40 Virgin Islands
$110,990
$57,710 130
41 Montana
$107,670
$46,350 450
42 Arkansas
$105,930
$28,890 2,140
43 Guam
$99,100
$35,340 420
44 Mississippi
$97,470
$18,350 710
45 Puerto Rico
$94,410
$44,770 2,550
46 Idaho
$76,560
$18,620 1,400

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.