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City Manager Salary

With just under three-fifths of City Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $49K to $151K per year and averages out to $85K annually. Job satisfaction for City Managers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most City Managers survey respondents are men (76 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,249 - $149,377
(Median)
$49K
$85K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,879
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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
$49,249 - $149,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,975  
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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$48,671 - $151,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,975  
   
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).
)
$48,671 - $151,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 show that City Managers use a fair number of skills. 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. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $70K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $80K. City Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $97K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $106K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects City Manager Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$85,000

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

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: 63% employee benefits None: 7%
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