City Manager Salary

City Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little more than half of City Managers. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $150K per year, but expected earnings average $85K annually. The majority of City Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male City Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,707 - $148,646
(Median)
$50K
$85K
$150K
MEDIAN: $85,021
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50%
90%

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$9.86 - $24.24
(Median)
$9
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,707 - $148,646  
   
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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$49,102 - $150,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $24.24  
   
Overtime
$21.69 - $36.38  
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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$49,102 - $150,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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 pretty varied skill set 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. Most people experienced in 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.


City Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $71K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $80K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $98K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $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
25%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%
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