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Who Are Florida's Highest-Paid Statewide Officials? Hint: They Make More Than Gov. DeSantis

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GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICE; DAYLINA MILLER/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA; WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
From left, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis

Florida Supreme Court justices are the highest-paid statewide officials, with their salaries substantially higher than the amounts paid to the governor, state Cabinet members and legislators.

Here are the 2019-2020 salaries for a variety of state officials and judges:

  • Supreme Court justices: $220,600
  • District Courts of Appeal judges: $169,554
  • State attorneys: $169,554
  • Public defenders: $169,554
  • Circuit judges: $160,688
  • County judges: $151,822
  • Public Service Commission members: $132,036
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis: $130,273
  • Attorney General Ashley Moody, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis: $128,972
  • Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez: $124,851
  • Senate President Bill Galvano and House Speaker Jose Oliva: $41,181
  •  House and Senate members: $29,697

Note: State officials may voluntarily reduce their salaries.
Sources: State budget and the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research