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.
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.