With close to one-half of City Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for City Managers is $82K per year and can range from $49K on the lower end to $153K per year near the higher end. Job satisfaction for City Managers is high. Almost all enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Generally, women make up less than a third of all City Managers who answered the questionnnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,753 - $153,512
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$51K
$82K
$150K
MEDIAN: $81,690
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$11.15 - $44.38
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$11
$20
$44
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,753 - $153,512  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,000  
Profit Sharing
$4.50  
Total Pay (?
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$49,427 - $152,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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 - $22,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.50  
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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$49,427 - $152,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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


City Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Budget Management also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for City Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $69K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $83K. City Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $96K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $111K on average.

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Experience Affects City Manager Salaries




National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
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National Average
$82,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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