City Manager Salary

City Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $84K per year on average but can range from $49K to $151K per year. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male City Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most City Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,106 - $150,618
(Median)
$50K
$84K
$150K
MEDIAN: $83,775
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$9.91 - $25.76
(Median)
$9
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,106 - $150,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,178  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$49,226 - $150,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $25.76  
   
Overtime
$30.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,178  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$49,226 - $150,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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 imply that City Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Operations Management, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know 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.


For many City Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $70K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $83K. City Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $96K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $104K.

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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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Budget Management
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National Average
$84,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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