Indiana’s newest governor is the highest paid governor in state history.
Gov. Mike Pence earns an annual salary of $111,688, surpassing former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ yearly income of $95,000 when he took office in 2005.
In 2009, at the beginning of Daniels’ second term, he was eligible to take a pay raise, increasing his salary to $107,881. However, the former governor and several other state officials waived their raises due to salary freezes of other state employees.
State employees later received a pay raise in 2011, prompting Daniels’ salary to increase to more than $107,000.
Although Pence is the highest paid Indiana governor thus far, he is not the highest earner in his office. Pence’s chief of staff makes approximately $125,000 and other state and legislative employees also reportedly make more.
The average gubernatorial salary across the nation is more than $131,000, according to a 2009 Council of State Governments report.