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City Manager Salary (United States)

Just below three-fifths of City Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $48K to $151K per year, and the average comes out to $85K per year. Generally, women make up less than a third of all City Managers who answered the questionnnaire. For the most part, City Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
City Manager Salary (?
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$48,330 - $149,492
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MEDIAN: $85,409
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City Manager Salary (?
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$9.84 - $24.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$48,330 - $149,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,539  
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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$47,931 - $151,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $24.50  
   
Overtime
$15.44 - $38.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,539  
   
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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$47,931 - $151,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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

Survey results show that City Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Microsoft Excel 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. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in 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 many City Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $69K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $81K. City Managers see a median salary of $98K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $110K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects City Manager Salaries

National Average
$86,000

Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 5%
Budget Management
up arrow 2%
Operations Management
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National Average
$86,000
Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%