City Manager Salary

City Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $48K to $155K per year, median earnings come to $84K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all City Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Most City Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,322 - $156,119
$50K
$84K
$160K
MEDIAN: $83,561
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50%
90%

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$11.15 - $44.38
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$20
$44
MEDIAN: $20.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,322 - $156,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,532  
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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$48,315 - $154,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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 - $25,532  
   
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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$48,315 - $154,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 suggest that City Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Budget Management also know 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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Key Stats for City Manager

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects City Manager Salaries

▲30%

▲15%

National Average
$83,000

▼2%

▼18%

Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
▲3%

National Average
$83,000







Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 9%