The way Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have behaved, you might think that the Governor of Virginia is underpaid and compelled to live on handouts from corporate "friends."
In case you were wondering, Governor McDonnell gets a living wage.
Virginia’s governor collects $175,000 a year for his work, while his counterpart in Maine makes less than half of that. Florida’s top executive doesn’t even collect his pay.In fact, the Governor of Virginia is very well paid by the taxpayers of Virginia, which begs the question of why he has repeatedly sold access to his office, his agencies, and the Governor's Mansion itself for so-called "gifts"?
The average annual salary for U.S. governors this year is $133,348, according to a survey by The Council of State Governments, with pay ranging from $70,000 a year for Maine’s governor to $187,256 for Pennsylvania’s chief.
Virginia and New Jersey are tied for fifth in the country in the salaries paid their governors, according to the council.