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City Manager Salary

City Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than three-fifths of City Managers. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $151K per year, but expected earnings average $85K per year. Most City Managers survey respondents are men (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,361 - $149,765
(Median)
$49K
$85K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,763
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$9.89 - $25.00
(Median)
$9
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,361 - $149,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,025  
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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$48,677 - $151,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 371
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $25.00  
   
Overtime
$15.44 - $36.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,025  
   
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).
)
$48,677 - $151,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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 suggest that City Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Operations Management and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, 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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $70K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $80K on average. City Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $108K.

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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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National Average
$84,000

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

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