An average Mayor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $63K annually. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 80 percent of Mayors are male. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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Job Description for Mayor
A mayor is the chief elected supervisory official responsible for managing the government of a city or town. In many cities, a division of power is typically enacted, in which the mayor is part of an executive branch for local government and helps to direct city councils or a board of aldermen in addressing citizens' concerns and signing ordinances into law. Other city officials such as police chiefs, fire marshals, and city administrators may answer directly to the mayor and provide reports related to the services of their departments.Read More...
In most local governments, the mayor is the most prominent face of the town government structure and will perform administrative and supervisory duties, including attending and overseeing various city commissions and councils. The mayor usually provides these officials with feedback received from private citizens and local organizations and businesses in order to direct city government in ways that address the concerns of residents, and as the highest-ranked executives they also sign local bills into city ordinances and provide enforcement guidance to local police.
Mayors also work with budgeting and planning communities in cities by providing guidance and obtaining information that can be passed along to interested private citizens and businesses. They are also responsible for maintaining the city's financial health and monitoring budgets, revenues, and expenditures.
For most local governments, the office of the mayor is an elected position, and formal requirements may depend more on age and residency than education or prior experience. Still, especially in larger communities, candidacy for the position requires a background in civic administration and many mayors have previously served on local commissions or governing boards. In medium to larger communities, the mayor is a full-time position with a reflective salary, while in smaller towns and villages the mayor may only be paid a stipend and expected to work part-time.
Pay by Experience Level for Mayor
Pay by Experience for a Mayor has a positive trend. An entry-level Mayor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 38 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mayor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Mayor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 10 salaries. A Mayor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 10 salaries.
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