US Governor Salary

Quick look: US Governor at a Glimpse

  • A professional, who works as chief executive, political and ceremonial head of the state
  • Average Yearly Salary: $133,348
  • Type of Service: Professional
  • Tasks: Make and pass laws in the state, solve problems arising in state
  • Roles: Federal, legislative and executive 

US Governor: An Introduction

The governor serves as the chief executive of each state and the political and ceremonial head of state. Thus, he heads the executive branch of the state. He may take control over the budgets of the government. He has the power to appoint the officials, including judges. He performs various roles such as legislative, commander-in-chief, and he has absolute power to pardon any criminal sentence. They are the legal body, elected directly by the state legislature. Their additional roles include greeting the dignitaries, attending the state fairs, and conferring the state decorations. They have an official residence, which may or may not be at the same location where they conduct their work. They undertake contractor bids to provide the public all civic amenities, like roads, hospitals, etc. They solve the problems arising in the state.

Facts and Figures

How much does a governor make per year? Governors earn a substantial amount of salary, depending on the state in which they perform their functions and duties. Salaries may vary across the nation.  According to a report by Stateline.org (2007), the average yearly salary of a governor was $124,398. Recently, it is revealed in a survey that the average annual salary of a governor is $133,348.

Geographical Location: The salary of a governor varies, depending on the state where they perform their functions. The yearly salary of governors in different states according to “Stateline.org” is as follows:

  • California: $206,500
  • New York: $179,000
  • Michigan: $177,000
  • Tennessee: $85,000
  • Arkansas: $80,848
  • Maine: $70,000

The governors are not paid on an hourly basis. A specified amount, set for their position by the state is paid to them.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Submit the budget to the state’s legislature.
  • Appoint the members of boards and commissions.
  • Sign or Veto bills passed by the legislature.
  • Call special elections to fill vacancies in the state legislature.
  • Serve as the commander-in-chief to National Guard of the United State.
  • Grant pardons to the criminal sentence.
  • Set goals and plan to accomplish them.
  • Approve contractor’s request for public welfare.
  • Focus on state problems and try to solve them.
  • Organize special sessions of the legislature.
  • Estimate the amount of money required to be raised by taxation.

Essential Requirements

  • Skills and Qualities:
    • Open minded and fair
    • Good communication
    • Enthusiastic
    • Teamwork
    • Voluntary participation in discussions
    • Effective decision-making
  • Educational Qualifications:
    • High school diploma
    • College degree from a highly regarded university
  • Other Qualifications:
    • At least 30 years of age
    • A resident of the United States for minimum 15 years

Benefits to Governor

Travel Benefits: The governors are provided access to state transportation, an official residence to reside. They are given reimbursement for travel expenses. They are also free to access the state-provided helicopters and airplanes.

Official Residence: The governors of states are also provided an official residence to live in for convenience. The California Department of General Services covers the maintenance expenses.

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