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Highest paid CEO in every state

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David M. Zaslav—Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

Highest paid CEO in every state

A recent survey from the Stanford Graduate School of Business revealed that the median respondent believes the average CEO of a top 500 American company makes $1 million annually. Of that same pool of respondents 74% were adamant that these executive salaries were not “the correct amount relative to the average worker” which serves to suggest that they would be even more displeased to find that the real median CEO salary amongst the top 500 companies is a whopping $10.3 million.

While the massive companies whose revenues drive these high-executive salaries are typically thought to be headquartered in big financial superhubs like New York’s Wall Street and California’s Silicon Valley there is actually a much greater geographic diversity to the nation’s leading corporations and their respective executives.

In underscoring how many places around the country boast big companies with wealthy executives Stacker used data from Equilar and the Associated Press to list the best-compensated CEO from every state with available data. Since the study only considered publicly traded companies that accumulated revenues of at least $1 billion the following states are omitted from the story: Alaska, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Read on to discover the highest-paid CEO in your state.

ALSO: Click here to see the highest paid CEOs in America.

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Business Wire

Alabama: O. B. Grayson Hall, Jr.

Company: Regions Financial
Total compensation: $9438642
Rank among all states: #34


 

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Victor Fraile // Getty Images

Arizona: Richard C. Adkerson

Company: Freeport-McMoRan
Total compensation: $16194102
Rank among all states: #23


 

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Bull-Doser // Wikicommons

Arkansas: C. Douglas McMillon

Company: Walmart
Total compensation: $22791276
Rank among all states: #16


 

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Michael Rapino, Guy Oseary, and Ashton Kutcher—Anna Webber // Getty Images

California: Michael Rapino

Company: Live Nation Entertainment
Total compensation: $70615760
Rank among all states: #2


 

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From left to right: Chris McGurk, Greg Maffei, Danny Rossett—Frazer Harrison // Getty Images

Colorado: Gregory B. Maffei

Company: Liberty Media & Qurate Retail Group
Total compensation: $67622019
Rank among all states: #4


 

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Connecticut: Mark T. Bertolini

Company: Aetna
Total compensation: $18702992
Rank among all states: #21


 

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Delaware: Hervé Hoppenot

Company: Incyte
Total compensation: $16087031
Rank among all states: #24


 

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Danaher has its headquarters in D.C.—Pixabay

Dist. of Columbia: Thomas P. Joyce

Company: Danaher
Total compensation: $14779478
Rank among all states: #26


 

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Matt Snelson // Youtube

Florida: Brian D. Jellison

Company: Roper Technologies
Total compensation: $29158675
Rank among all states: #10


 

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Ben Gabbe // Getty Images

Georgia: Frank J. Bisignano

Company: First Data
Total compensation: $102210396
Rank among all states: #1


 

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Hawaii: Constance H. Lau

Company: Hawaiian Electric Industries
Total compensation: $5381983
Rank among all states: #39


 

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Public Domain

Idaho: Thomas K. Corrick

Company: Boise Cascade
Total compensation: $4102673
Rank among all states: #41


 

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Business Wire

Illinois: Debra A. Cafaro

Company: Ventas
Total compensation: $25254607
Rank among all states: #13


 

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Chip Somodevilla // Getty Images

Indiana: N. Thomas Linebarger

Company: Cummins
Total compensation: $13151465
Rank among all states: #29


 

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Iowa: Daniel J. Houston

Company: Principal Financial Group
Total compensation: $9406128
Rank among all states: #35


 

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Public Domain // Wikicommons

Kansas: Michael J. Brown

Company: Euronet Worldwide
Total compensation: $3860972
Rank among all states: #42


 

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Tempur Sealy International is a mattress manufacturer—Kljajics // Wikicommons

Kentucky: Scott L. Thompson

Company: Tempur Sealy International
Total compensation: $18021396
Rank among all states: #22


 

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CenturyLink offers TV packages with DirecTV—Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

Louisiana: Glen F. Post, III

Company: CenturyLink
Total compensation: $14319617
Rank among all states: #27


 

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Maine: Melissa D. Smith

Company: WEX
Total compensation: $10847606
Rank among all states: #33


 

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Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

Maryland: David M. Zaslav

Company: Discovery Communications
Total compensation: $42247984
Rank among all states: #7


 

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Travelarz // Wikicommons

Massachusetts: Stephen Kaufer

Company: TripAdvisor
Total compensation: $43160584
Rank among all states: #6


 

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Mary T. Barra and Ambassador Wayne—Public Domain

Michigan: Mary T. Barra

Company: General Motors
Total compensation: $21905256
Rank among all states: #18


 

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Ameriprise Financial building on the left—Public Domain

Minnesota: James M. Cracchiolo

Company: Ameriprise Financial
Total compensation: $22433422
Rank among all states: #17


 

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Billy Hathorn // Wikicomons

Mississippi: Joe F. Sanderson, Jr.

Company: Sanderson Farms
Total compensation: $6640211
Rank among all states: #37


 

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Centene building in Clayton, MO—Paul Sableman // Flickr

Missouri: Michael F. Neidorff

Company: Centene
Total compensation: $25259468
Rank among all states: #12


 

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Sean Lamb // Wikicommons

Nebraska: Lance M. Fritz

Company: Union Pacific
Total compensation: $11303088
Rank among all states: #32


 

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Ken Lund // Flickr

Nevada: Stephen A. Wynn

Company: Wynn Resorts
Total compensation: $34522695
Rank among all states: #8


 

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PC Connection // Wikicommons

New Hampshire: Timothy McGrath

Company: PC Connection
Total compensation: $1648275
Rank among all states: #46


 

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Luis García (Zaqarbal) // Wikicommons

New Jersey: Alex Gorsky

Company: Johnson & Johnson
Total compensation: $22995564
Rank among all states: #15


 

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PNM headquarters in Albuquerque—Camerafiend // Wikicommons

New Mexico: Patricia K. Collawn

Company: PNM Resources
Total compensation: $4425922
Rank among all states: #40


 

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David Shankbone // Wikicommons

New York: Leslie Moonves

Company: CBS
Total compensation: $68375015
Rank among all states: #3


 

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Mary Callahan, Brian moynihan, and Joe Kernen—Financial Times // Wikicommons

North Carolina: Brian T. Moynihan

Company: Bank of America
Total compensation: $21355481
Rank among all states: #19


 

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North Dakota: David L. Goodin

Company: MDU Resources Group
Total compensation: $3727609
Rank among all states: #43


 

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TransDigm produces aerospace components for commercial and military aircraft—Pixabay

Ohio: W. Nicholas Howley

Company: TransDigm Group
Total compensation: $61023102
Rank among all states: #5


 

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David Morris // Youtube

Oklahoma: Robert D. Lawler

Company: Chesapeake Energy
Total compensation: $14903906
Rank among all states: #25


 

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Lithia Motors headquarters in Medford, Oregon—Ian Poellet // Wikicommons

Oregon: Bryan B. DeBoer

Company: Lithia Motors
Total compensation: $5878631
Rank among all states: #38


 

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Business Wire

Pennsylvania: Brian L. Roberts

Company: Comcast
Total compensation: $32520224
Rank among all states: #9


 

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Rhode Island: Scott C. Donnelly

Company: Textron
Total compensation: $13148547
Rank among all states: #30


 

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Domtar building—Jeangagnon // Wikicommons

South Carolina: John D. Williams

Company: Domtar
Total compensation: $7030262
Rank among all states: #36


 

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The Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) Lewis & Clark Power station on the Yellowstone River—Tim Evanson // Wikicommons

South Dakota: David R. Emery

Company: Black Hills
Total compensation: $3408005
Rank among all states: #44


 

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Robert King // Flickr

Tennessee: Mark J. Costa

Company: Eastman Chemical
Total compensation: $14040802
Rank among all states: #28


 

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Robert Scoble // Wikicommons

Texas: Randall L. Stephenson

Company: AT&T
Total compensation: $25614625
Rank among all states: #11


 

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Public Domain

Utah: Harris H. Simmons

Company: Zions
Total compensation: $3240180
Rank among all states: #45


 

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Phebe Novakovic and her husband David Morrison—Paul Morigi // Getty Images

Virginia: Phebe N. Novakovic

Company: General Dynamics
Total compensation: $21200768
Rank among all states: #20


 

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fanaticTRX // Wikicommons

Washington: John J. Legere

Company: T-Mobile US
Total compensation: $23631206
Rank among all states: #14


 

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G Suite // Youtube

Wisconsin: Jonas Prising

Company: ManpowerGroup Inc.
Total compensation: $11987873
Rank among all states: #31


 

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