City Manager Salary

With over one-half of City Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for City Managers is $84K per year and can range from $49K on the lower end to $151K per year near the higher end. Most City Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. 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 data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,106 - $150,618
(Median)
$50K
$84K
$150K
MEDIAN: $83,775
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$9.91 - $25.76
(Median)
$9
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,106 - $150,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,178  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$49,226 - $150,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $25.76  
   
Overtime
$30.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,178  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$49,226 - $150,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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 Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Operations Management, 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 City Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $70K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $83K. City Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $104K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects City Manager Salaries



National Average
$84,000



Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
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National Average
$84,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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