Mayor Salary

The average Mayor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $62K per year. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Mayors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Mayors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$24,628 - $128,222
MEDIAN: $61,891

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$24,628 - $128,222  
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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).
$24,763 - $145,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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.


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Pay by Experience Level for Mayor

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

Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $59K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $61K. Mayors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $96K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $90K.

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Experience Affects Mayor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.


22 %
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 5%