Seattle-Area CEOs Are Seventh Highest Paid in the Country

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Breaking news! Seattle-area CEOs make far, far more money than you. But don't fret. They make more than a lot of other CEOs too.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released pay figures for chief executive officers, and Seattle's crop of suits ranks seventh overall at an average of $209,070 per year:

1. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., $217,080

2. New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.-N.J., $215,280

3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., $214,580

4. Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif., $210,780

5. Durham, N.C., $210,380

6. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif., $209,690

7. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash., $209,070

8. Danbury, Conn., $207,720

9. Asheville, N.C., $207,230

10. Albuquerque, N.M., $204,890

11. Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J., $203,170

12. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif., $201,280

13. Newark-Union, N.J.-Pa., $201,180

14. Wilmington, Del.-Md.-N.J., $201,020

15. Goldsboro, N.C., $200,700

16. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas, $200,660

The top earners are almost exclusively West Coast and Northeast-based, with the common exception of North Carolina. So why is the Tar Heel State the sole Southern bastion of corporate excess? Why, rampant deregulation, of course.

As for Connecticut, its largest corporation, General Electri,c did pay zero federal taxes last year, so it's got that going for it.

The rest of the states are either into food (White Plains), oil (Texas), or technology (everywhere else).

At any rate, it pays well to be the boss--some states better than others.

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