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    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.

  • Alabama: O. B. Grayson Hall, Jr.
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    Alabama: O. B. Grayson Hall, Jr.

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


     

  • Arizona: Richard C. Adkerson
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    Arizona: Richard C. Adkerson

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


     

  • Arkansas: C. Douglas McMillon
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    Arkansas: C. Douglas McMillon

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


     

  • California: Michael Rapino
    5/ 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


     

  • Colorado: Gregory B. Maffei
    6/ 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


     

  • Connecticut: Mark T. Bertolini
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    Connecticut: Mark T. Bertolini

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


     

  • Delaware: Hervé Hoppenot
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    Delaware: Hervé Hoppenot

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


     

  • Dist. of Columbia: Thomas P. Joyce
    9/ Danaher has its headquarters in D.C.—Pixabay

    Dist. of Columbia: Thomas P. Joyce

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


     

  • Florida: Brian D. Jellison
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    Florida: Brian D. Jellison

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


     

  • Georgia: Frank J. Bisignano
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    Georgia: Frank J. Bisignano

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


     

  • Hawaii: Constance H. Lau
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    Hawaii: Constance H. Lau

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


     

  • Idaho: Thomas K. Corrick
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    Idaho: Thomas K. Corrick

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


     

  • Illinois: Debra A. Cafaro
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    Illinois: Debra A. Cafaro

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


     

  • Indiana: N. Thomas Linebarger
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    Indiana: N. Thomas Linebarger

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


     

  • Iowa: Daniel J. Houston
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    Iowa: Daniel J. Houston

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


     

  • Kansas: Michael J. Brown
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    Kansas: Michael J. Brown

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


     

  • Kentucky: Scott L. Thompson
    18/ 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


     

  • Louisiana: Glen F. Post, III
    19/ CenturyLink offers TV packages with DirecTV—Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

    Louisiana: Glen F. Post, III

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


     

  • Maine: Melissa D. Smith
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    Maine: Melissa D. Smith

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


     

  • Maryland: David M. Zaslav
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    Maryland: David M. Zaslav

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


     

  • Massachusetts: Stephen Kaufer
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    Massachusetts: Stephen Kaufer

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


     

  • Michigan: Mary T. Barra
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    Michigan: Mary T. Barra

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


     

  • Minnesota: James M. Cracchiolo
    24/ Ameriprise Financial building on the left—Public Domain

    Minnesota: James M. Cracchiolo

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


     

  • Mississippi: Joe F. Sanderson, Jr.
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    Mississippi: Joe F. Sanderson, Jr.

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


     

  • Missouri: Michael F. Neidorff
    26/ Centene building in Clayton, MO—Paul Sableman // Flickr

    Missouri: Michael F. Neidorff

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


     

  • Nebraska: Lance M. Fritz
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    Nebraska: Lance M. Fritz

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


     

  • Nevada: Stephen A. Wynn
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    Nevada: Stephen A. Wynn

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


     

  • New Hampshire: Timothy McGrath
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    New Hampshire: Timothy McGrath

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


     

  • New Jersey: Alex Gorsky
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    New Jersey: Alex Gorsky

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


     

  • New Mexico: Patricia K. Collawn
    31/ PNM headquarters in Albuquerque—Camerafiend // Wikicommons

    New Mexico: Patricia K. Collawn

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


     

  • New York: Leslie Moonves
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    New York: Leslie Moonves

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


     

  • North Carolina: Brian T. Moynihan
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    North Carolina: Brian T. Moynihan

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


     

  • North Dakota: David L. Goodin
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    North Dakota: David L. Goodin

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


     

  • Ohio: W. Nicholas Howley
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    Ohio: W. Nicholas Howley

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


     

  • Oklahoma: Robert D. Lawler
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    Oklahoma: Robert D. Lawler

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


     

  • Oregon: Bryan B. DeBoer
    37/ Lithia Motors headquarters in Medford, Oregon—Ian Poellet // Wikicommons

    Oregon: Bryan B. DeBoer

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


     

  • Pennsylvania: Brian L. Roberts
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    Pennsylvania: Brian L. Roberts

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


     

  • Rhode Island: Scott C. Donnelly
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    Rhode Island: Scott C. Donnelly

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


     

  • South Carolina: John D. Williams
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    South Carolina: John D. Williams

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


     

  • South Dakota: David R. Emery
    41/ 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


     

  • Tennessee: Mark J. Costa
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    Tennessee: Mark J. Costa

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


     

  • Texas: Randall L. Stephenson
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    Texas: Randall L. Stephenson

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


     

  • Utah: Harris H. Simmons
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    Utah: Harris H. Simmons

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


     

  • Virginia: Phebe N. Novakovic
    45/ 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


     

  • Washington: John J. Legere
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    Washington: John J. Legere

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


     

  • Wisconsin: Jonas Prising
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    Wisconsin: Jonas Prising

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


     

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