City Manager Salary
|Salary||$49,496 - $161,479|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $29,361|
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$48,431 - $161,171|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $29,361|
|Total Pay (||$48,431 - $161,171|
Job Description for City Manager
A city manager oversees the various departments of a city's municipal government, including accounting, budgeting, purchasing, and others. Financial management skills are essential, as city managers often have a direct role in overseeing the budget. They may also have to conduct research to determine how finances should be allocated and where costs can be cut. They may take suggestions and/or complaints to determine how issues can be solved or improved, and investments which generate income may also be an important focus.Read More...
Bookkeeping duties relating to various transactions may be necessary, so advanced computer skills and experience with bookkeeping and forecasting software are important. Much of the work is done indoors in an office setting, though a substantial amount of travel may be required to survey various areas. This job often involves working with an array of people, departments, and institutions, so strong communication skills are essential.
A bachelor’s degree or higher in a field such as public administration and prior experience in city management are often required for this position.
City Manager Tasks
- Oversee the preparation and administration of the annual city budget.
- Manage and coordinate the daily operation of city departments and services.
- Implement legislation enacted by elected officials and advise elected officials during the development of policies and ordinances.
- Supervise city department heads and administrative personnel.
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Popular Skills for City Manager
Survey results show that City Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of Microsoft Word.
Pay by Experience Level for City Manager
Pay by Experience for a City Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level City Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 79 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A City Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced City Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 92 salaries. A City Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 56 salaries.
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