These Governors Have Outrageous Salaries and Make Almost as Much as President Donald Trump

While most Americans earn five-figure incomes (the national median wage is about $59,000 ), a few professions earn a lot more than that. Big time actors and actresses earn a ton of money. Famous athletes are worth a mint. Company executives make shocking amounts even when they’re hated CEOs. Politicians earn a lot, too. You heard that right. High-level politicians get paid well, as these outrageous governor salaries prove.

We know which governors make the most thanks to data from Ballotpedia. We’ll run into a couple hated governors (pages 5 and 11) and two well-liked Republicans (pages 3 and 6) along the way. None of the governors we’re about to meet makes as much as President Donald Trump’s $400,000 salary, but they come pretty close. Let’s get started.

14. Jim Justice (TIE)

Jim Justice, owner of the Greenbrier Resort, looks over the 18th green

Justice was wealthy before he entered politics. | Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Salary: $150,000

State: West Virginia

Affiliation: Republican

Jim Justice built a fortune in the agricultural and coal businesses and doesn’t need the money, but he is well paid. He’s earning the $150,000 salary until 2020 when he’s up for re-election.

Next: This governor’s pay isn’t too out of whack with the rest of the state.

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