City Manager Salary

City Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $49K to $151K per year, median earnings come to $84K annually. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most City Managers. Male City Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,044 - $149,439
(Median)
$49K
$84K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,293
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$9.84 - $25.17
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$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,044 - $149,439  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,975  
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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$48,724 - $151,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 371
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Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $25.17  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,975  
   
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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$48,724 - $151,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use. Most people familiar with 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $69K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $81K. City Managers bring in $98K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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
$84,000



Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
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Operations Management
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Budget Management
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National Average
$84,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

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