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.
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.
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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.