City Manager Salary

City Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over one-half of City Managers. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $150K per year, but expected earnings average $85K annually. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male City Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,577 - $149,057

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$9.86 - $24.24

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Salary
$49,577 - $149,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,035  
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$48,941 - $150,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 369
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$9.86 - $24.24  
   
Overtime
$21.69 - $36.38  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,899  
   
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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$48,941 - $150,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Operations Management, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $71K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $81K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $98K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income 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 60 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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