City Manager Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of City Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $49K to $151K per year, but median earnings come to around $85K per year. Male City Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,601 - $149,178
(Median)
$50K
$85K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,902
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$9.89 - $22.75
(Median)
$9
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,601 - $149,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,126  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,035  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$48,835 - $150,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 371
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $22.75  
   
Overtime
$21.01 - $31.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,126  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,035  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$48,835 - $150,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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.

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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


City Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for City Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many City Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $70K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $80K. City Managers bring in $97K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $107K.

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Experience Affects City Manager Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
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National Average
$85,000

Budget Management
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%
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