While top CEOs make a median salary of $1 million a month, an average worker in Mississippi pulls in $3,138. Here's the median monthly earning of full-time workers in every state

median earnings for full time workers state mapBusiness Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

  • An analysis of top CEO pay by The Wall Street Journal shows that the typical S&P 500 CEO earned over $1 million per month last year.
  • That works out to about 256 times the typical full-time American worker's monthly paycheck.
  • Median monthly pay varies across the country, with the typical worker in Mississippi making $3,138 per month and the typical worker in DC making $5,891.

Pay for top executives at big US companies is vastly higher than what everyday workers make, and a new report from The Wall Street Journal shows that CEOs have hit an eye-popping milestone in the size of their monthly paychecks.

The Wall Street Journal recently analyzed the 132 corporations in the S&P 500 that had published 2018 compensation for their CEOs as of March 15. They found that the median CEO made $12.4 million last year, which works out to a monthly paycheck over $1 million.

To put that into perspective, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the median full-time, year-round American worker had annual earnings of $46,881 in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available. That works out to a monthly paycheck of about $3,907, meaning a CEO making $1 million per month is earning about 256 times what the typical worker does.

Read more: Here's the highest-paying job in every US state

As the map above shows, monthly pay for full-time workers varies across the country. On the lower end is Mississippi, where the median full-time worker makes $3,138 per month, meaning a $1 million monthly paycheck is about 319 times what a typical Mississippian earns.

On the high end of the scale, workers in Washington, DC, enjoy median monthly earnings of $5,891. The typical CEO in the Journal's report still makes 170 times what the typical worker in the nation's capital earns.

Here's the median monthly and annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers in each state and DC:

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51. Mississippi

51. Mississippi

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,138

Median annual earnings: $37,655

50. Arkansas

50. Arkansas

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,252

Median annual earnings: $39,024

49. New Mexico

49. New Mexico

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,347

Median annual earnings: $40,160

48. Florida

48. Florida

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,368

Median annual earnings: $40,416

47. South Carolina

47. South Carolina

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,374

Median annual earnings: $40,486

46. Idaho

46. Idaho

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,384

Median annual earnings: $40,603

45. Oklahoma

45. Oklahoma

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,393

Median annual earnings: $40,713

44. Montana

44. Montana

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,398

Median annual earnings: $40,773

43. Tennessee

43. Tennessee

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,405

Median annual earnings: $40,856

42. West Virginia

42. West Virginia

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,415

Median annual earnings: $40,985

41. South Dakota

41. South Dakota

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,427

Median annual earnings: $41,125

40. Kentucky

40. Kentucky

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,443

Median annual earnings: $41,313

39. Alabama

39. Alabama

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,449

Median annual earnings: $41,382

38. Nevada

38. Nevada

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,464

Median annual earnings: $41,567

37. Louisiana

37. Louisiana

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,466

Median annual earnings: $41,597

36. North Carolina

36. North Carolina

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,498

Median annual earnings: $41,974

35. Missouri

35. Missouri

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,511

Median annual earnings: $42,131

33 (tie). Arizona

33 (tie). Arizona

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,530

Median annual earnings: $42,357

33 (tie). Georgia

33 (tie). Georgia

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,530

Median annual earnings: $42,357

32. Kansas

32. Kansas

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,609

Median annual earnings: $43,309

31. Indiana

31. Indiana

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,672

Median annual earnings: $44,063

30. Maine

30. Maine

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,709

Median annual earnings: $44,508

28 (tie). Nebraska

28 (tie). Nebraska

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,734

Median annual earnings: $44,803

28 (tie). Texas

28 (tie). Texas

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,734

Median annual earnings: $44,803

27. Iowa

27. Iowa

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,786

Median annual earnings: $45,434

26. Vermont

26. Vermont

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,798

Median annual earnings: $45,574

25. Ohio

25. Ohio

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,810

Median annual earnings: $45,723

24. Utah

24. Utah

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,863

Median annual earnings: $46,354

23. Michigan

23. Michigan

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,892

Median annual earnings: $46,709

22. Wyoming

22. Wyoming

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,897

Median annual earnings: $46,767

21. Wisconsin

21. Wisconsin

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,898

Median annual earnings: $46,773

20. Oregon

20. Oregon

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,901

Median annual earnings: $46,814

19. Hawaii

19. Hawaii

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,915

Median annual earnings: $46,978

18. North Dakota

18. North Dakota

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $3,928

Median annual earnings: $47,133

17. Pennsylvania

17. Pennsylvania

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,023

Median annual earnings: $48,275

16. Colorado

16. Colorado

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,213

Median annual earnings: $50,558

15. Illinois

15. Illinois

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,213

Median annual earnings: $50,560

14. California

14. California

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,234

Median annual earnings: $50,807

13. Delaware

13. Delaware

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,243

Median annual earnings: $50,912

12. Minnesota

12. Minnesota

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,268

Median annual earnings: $51,221

11. Rhode Island

11. Rhode Island

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,274

Median annual earnings: $51,286

10. Virginia

10. Virginia

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,300

Median annual earnings: $51,594

9. New York

9. New York

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,313

Median annual earnings: $51,753

8. Alaska

8. Alaska

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,338

Median annual earnings: $52,060

7. New Hampshire

7. New Hampshire

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,341

Median annual earnings: $52,088

6. Washington

6. Washington

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,540

Median annual earnings: $54,477

5. Maryland

5. Maryland

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,759

Median annual earnings: $57,107

4. New Jersey

4. New Jersey

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,846

Median annual earnings: $58,150

3. Connecticut

3. Connecticut

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $4,884

Median annual earnings: $58,613

2. Massachusetts

2. Massachusetts

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $5,077

Median annual earnings: $60,923

1. District of Columbia

1. District of Columbia

Median monthly earnings for full-time workers: $5,891

Median annual earnings: $70,695

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