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Where CEOs get paid the least

April 1, 2013: 3:49 PM ET

130401033238-chart-ceo-average-pay--614xaSure, it's nice to rise to occupy a company's corner office ... but how lucrative it is depends on what state you're in.

There's a very wide variation in average CEO pay. Chief executives in some places make $100,000 more, on average, than their peers in other states, according to new federal statistics.

Overall, CEOs earn an average of $176,840 a year, which translates into $85.02 an hour. That seems pretty sweet -- especially compared to the typical pay for, say, office receptionists, who average $13 an hour, for an annual total of $27,050.

But CEOs aren't the highest paid on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list: Anesthesiologists make $232,830 a year, or $111.94 an hour, on average.

Check out how much the average CEO makes in your state:

State Annual average wage
Connecticut $210,070
Delaware $204,950
Rhode Island $200,710
North Carolina $200,380
California $197,060
Oregon $196,680
Massachusetts $196,130
New York $195,330
Florida $194,050
Virginia $192,960
Nebraska $192,310
New Jersey $192,160
Washington $190,770
Maryland $190,570
Georgia $185,030
District of Columbia $184,980
Texas $181,830
Louisiana $181,510
Wisconsin $180,620
Alabama $179,680
New Hampshire $178,560
Pennsylvania $177,770
Ohio $176,230
Colorado $176,080
Minnesota $173,810
Indiana $172,270
Nevada $171,050
Alaska $166,080
Arizona $163,220
Michigan $162,880
Illinois $162,370
Vermont $160,880
South Carolina $157,020
Kansas $156,750
Iowa $154,820
Missouri $154,540
Tennessee $153,720
South Dakota $153,190
Kentucky $153,140
North Dakota $149,070
Arkansas $148,020
Maine $146,400
Utah $145,670
Hawaii $144,990
Oklahoma $141,940
Wyoming $133,190
Idaho $131,800
West Virginia $129,510
Puerto Rico $122,960
Montana $113,430
Mississippi $103,730
New Mexico *
*Estimate not released
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Tami Luhby
Tami Luhby
Senior writer, CNNMoney

Tami Luhby is a senior writer at CNNMoney and covers income inequality, state fiscal problems, unemployment, housing policy and other economic issues. Luhby previously covered personal finance for Newsday and banking for Crain's New York Business.

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