Mayors in the United States take home approximately $62K per year on average. Mayors who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$28,783 - $118,822
MEDIAN: $61,858

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$28,783 - $118,822  
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$28,906 - $121,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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.

Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $61K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $62K. Mayors bring in $94K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $90K on average.

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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.


17 %
83 %

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: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 100%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits