City Manager Salary

With more than half of City Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $48K to $160K per year and averages out to $86K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male City Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$50,352 - $156,550
$50K
$87K
$160K
MEDIAN: $86,791
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50%
90%

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$12.16 - $41.22
$12
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $19.90
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$0$157K
Salary $50,352 - $156,550
Bonus $0.00 - $24,468
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,787
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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$49,479 - $157,114
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 474
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $12.16 - $41.22
Overtime $26.00
Annual Data $0$157K
Bonus $0.00 - $24,468
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,787
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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$49,479 - $157,114
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 15

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

  • Implement legislation enacted by elected officials and advise elected officials during the development of policies and ordinances.
  • Supervise city department heads and administrative personnel.
  • Oversee the preparation and administration of the annual city budget.
  • Manage and coordinate the daily operation of city departments and services.

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Popular Skills for City Manager


Survey results suggest that City Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Budget Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for City Manager

Pay by Experience for a City Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level City Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 79 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A City Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced City Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 92 salaries. A City Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 56 salaries.

City Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a City Manager?

City Manager in San Diego:
"Fun."
Pros: Working from home on my own schedule.
Cons: Lonely, not best pay.

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Key Stats for City Manager

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects City Manager Salaries

▲26%

▲12%

National Average
$86,000

▼5%

▼20%

Skills That Affect City Manager Salaries

People Management
▼0%

National Average
$86,000







Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 7%