City Manager Salary

City Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly more than half of City Managers. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $153K per year, but expected earnings average $84K per year. Most City Managers survey respondents are men (70 percent). Job satisfaction for City Managers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,145 - $153,911
$50K
$84K
$150K
MEDIAN: $83,641
10%
50%
90%

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$11.15 - $44.38
$11
$20
$44
MEDIAN: $20.07
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,145 - $153,911  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,832  
Profit Sharing
$254.50  
Total Pay (?
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$48,598 - $152,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $44.38  
   
Overtime
$26.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,832  
   
Profit Sharing
$254.50  
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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$48,598 - $152,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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

  • Implement legislation enacted by elected officials and advise elected officials during the development of policies and ordinances.
  • Supervise city department heads and administrative personnel.
  • Oversee the preparation and administration of the annual city budget.
  • Manage and coordinate the daily operation of city departments and services.

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Popular Skills for City Manager


Survey results imply that City Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Budget Management also tend to know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for City Manager

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


City Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $69K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $84K. On average, City Managers make $97K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $112K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Key Stats for City Manager

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects City Manager Salaries

▲34%

▲16%

▼0%

National Average
$84,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
▲3%

National Average
$84,000







Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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