In Mississippi, the governor’s salary is set — in statute — at $122,160 a year. He ranks above other statewide elected officials, with the attorney general making $108,960 and most others such as secretary of state and commissioners of agriculture, treasury and insurance making $90,000. But the governor is far from the highest paid government official in Mississippi. In fact, many local school district superintendents across the state make well more than the governor’s salary.
After the Legislature passed a multiyear judicial pay raise in 2012, state Supreme Court justices now make a little more than the governor and will top out around $150,000 a year in 2016. State circuit and chancery judges by 2016 will be paid more than the governor, $136,000, unless he gets a raise.
The director of the Mississippi Development Authority, which answers to the governor, also makes more than he does. The director’s state salary is $83,000, but a law passed in 2012 also allows private economic development groups to supplement the MDA salary. A stipend of up to $47,000 a year, at the governor’s discretion and pending specific goals are met, has been pledged from a nonprofit partnership, but the MDA director has not yet received it.
In Mississippi, the commissioner of the Institutions of Higher Learning makes more than $341,000 a year and the current superintendent of education salary is $276,000.