Ranking the highest are Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and West Virginia. Pennsylvania's governor is paid a hefty $187,818 salary, while its reps are doled out $85,338.65 a year. In Ohio, there's a broader gulf between gubernatorial paychecks and lawmakers in the capitol, as the salaries range from 148,886 to $60,584 for state reps. In West Virginia, the last of the top ranking states, the governor earns $150,000 while reps earn a measly $27,860.
The bottom half of the totem pole is disheartening for anyone aspiring toward a career in politics. The states of New Hampshire, Maine, Kansas, Wyoming, and New Mexico are especially bleak. In Maine, the state with the lowest governor's salary of $70,000, state reps earn just $14,100 per year. Kansas is even worse, with an average rep's annual salary factoring in at just $9,315, according to Zippia. But perhaps the least incentivizing salary comes from New Hampshire, where public servants earn $100 a year for their services.
Like we said, good luck running for office in these states without quitting your day job.