City Manager Salary

City Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little more than half of City Managers. Pay fluctuates from $48K to $161K per year, but expected earnings average $85K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male City Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. 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. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,496 - $161,479
$49K
$85K
$160K
MEDIAN: $85,356
10%
50%
90%

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$15.26 - $39.31
$19
MEDIAN: $19.49
50%

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$0$161K
Salary $49,496 - $161,479
Bonus $0.00 - $29,361
Profit Sharing $9.00
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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$48,431 - $161,171
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 239
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $19.49
Overtime $22.00
Annual Data $0$161K
Bonus $0.00 - $29,361
Profit Sharing $9.00
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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$48,431 - $161,171
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 8

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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, 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 Word and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for City Manager

Pay by Experience for a City Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level City Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 79 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A City Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced City Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 92 salaries. A City Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 56 salaries.

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Q: What is it like working as a City Manager?

City Manager in San Diego:
"Fun."
Pros: Working from home on my own schedule.
Cons: Lonely, not best pay.

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Key Stats for City Manager

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects City Manager Salaries

▲27%

▲13%

National Average
$86,000

▼5%

▼20%

Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
▼0%

National Average
$86,000







Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 7%
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