Updated August 22, 2022

Average City Manager Salary

$76,188yearly

$36.63 hourly

Entry level Salary
$40,000 yearly
$40,000
10 %
$76,188
Median
$142,000
90 %

How much does a City Manager make?

City managers make $76,188 per year on average, or $36.63 per hour, in the United States. City managers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $40,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $142,000.

Location impacts how much a city manager can expect to make. City managers make the most in California, Washington, Nevada, New York, and New Jersey.

Highest Paying States For City Managers

The darker areas on the map show where city managers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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City Manager average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Nevada$97,844$47.0494
2New York$94,079$45.23739
3California$108,870$52.341,140
4New Jersey$90,786$43.65375
5Washington$107,683$51.77261
6District of Columbia$96,401$46.3578
7Virginia$86,595$41.63357
8Alaska$83,554$40.1731
9Texas$76,278$36.67834
10Connecticut$85,262$40.99118
11Delaware$78,364$37.6744
12Ohio$71,483$34.37365
13Arizona$76,648$36.85191
14Missouri$66,093$31.78357
15Pennsylvania$65,989$31.73521
16Oregon$74,748$35.94142
17Massachusetts$79,968$38.45252
18Rhode Island$74,526$35.8336
19New Mexico$76,658$36.8540
20Illinois$67,523$32.46502
21Maryland$70,629$33.96275
22Florida$68,491$32.93602
23Michigan$67,627$32.51277
24Minnesota$68,569$32.97188
25Hawaii$75,613$36.3525
26Utah$57,276$27.54229
27Louisiana$65,512$31.5085
28Tennessee$58,250$28.00209
29West Virginia$61,638$29.6341
30New Hampshire$64,852$31.1835
31Wisconsin$61,061$29.36161
32North Carolina$59,137$28.43287
33Nebraska$59,407$28.5662
34North Dakota$61,212$29.4314
35Georgia$56,353$27.09376
36Montana$58,113$27.9439
37Indiana$52,949$25.46258
38Vermont$61,625$29.6319
39Kansas$52,213$25.10145
40Iowa$52,420$25.20142
41Arkansas$50,202$24.14120
42South Dakota$54,460$26.1832
43Oklahoma$50,075$24.07166
44Alabama$56,270$27.0597
45Colorado$59,393$28.55164
46South Carolina$53,559$25.75137
47Wyoming$54,739$26.326
48Idaho$53,964$25.9426
49Kentucky$49,685$23.89101
50Maine$48,769$23.4526
51Mississippi$37,635$18.0944

Highest Paying Cities For City Managers

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Hayward, CA$113,360$54.50
2Seattle, WA$109,178$52.49
3Washington, DC$96,841$46.56
4Long Beach, NY$94,461$45.41
5Virginia Beach, VA$86,830$41.75
6Bridgeport, CT$85,345$41.03
7Las Cruces, NM$79,803$38.37
8Austin, TX$78,157$37.58
9Urban Honolulu, HI$75,827$36.46
10Portland, OR$74,304$35.72
11Cleveland, OH$73,927$35.54
12Baltimore, MD$71,029$34.15
13Minnetonka, MN$68,299$32.84
14Miami, FL$68,138$32.76
15Chicago, IL$67,994$32.69

City Manager Salary Details

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Average City Manager Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a City Manager's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$142,000$11,833$68
75th Percentile$106,000$8,833$51
Average$76,188$6,349$37
25th Percentile$54,000$4,500$26
10th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Vice President$158,637$13,220$76.27119,530
President$192,329$16,027$92.4749,413
Chief Of Staff$130,835$10,903$62.90124,272
Owner$90,334$7,528$43.4386,486
Co-Owner$86,704$7,225$41.6852,915
Chief Finance Officer$143,947$11,996$69.21145,184

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Which Companies Pay City Managers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Apple and Uber Technologies are the highest paying companies for city managers.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1Apple$143,742$69.11
2Uber Technologies$122,727$59.00
3Mastercard$110,563$53.16
4Icma-rc$108,658$52.24
5Observable$103,615$49.81
6UGI$99,861$48.01
7Constellation Energy Partners$98,082$47.15
8GPAC$93,775$45.082
9Pacifi$91,932$44.202
10Bank of America$89,469$43.01
11Medical Billing$87,946$42.28
12Abercrombie & Fitch Co$79,007$37.984
13Ernst & Young$78,565$37.77
14Cma$77,936$37.47
15Victoria's Secret$75,689$36.39
16City of Astoria$71,957$34.59
17City of Baltimore$71,703$34.47
18Crete Carrier$68,852$33.10
191 8 3 Lanes$68,637$33.00
20Remote Year$66,573$32.01

How Much Do City Managers Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a city manager salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The start-up industry pays city managers an average salary of $66,720

  2. The transportation industry pay $57,275

  3. The lowest paying industry for city managers is the hospitality industry. City managers in this industry earn an average salary of $38,842

Highest Paying Industries For City Managers

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Start-up$66,720$32.08
2Transportation$57,275$27.54
3Government$54,843$26.37
4Media$49,178$23.64
5Hospitality$38,842$18.67

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City Manager Salary Trends

Average City Manager Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    City Manager Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$76,200$36.63+0.8%
    2021$75,600$36.34-2.8%
    2020$77,700$37.35+3.3%
    2019$75,100$36.10+1.1%
    2018$74,200$35.70+3.4%

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    City Manager Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays City Managers The Most?

    California pays City Managers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $108,870 per year, or $52.34 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A City Manager?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a City Manager if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Washington you should be paid close to $107,683 per year.

    What Type Of City Manager Gets Paid The Most?

    President gets paid the most. President made a median salary of $192,329. The best-paid 10 percent make $252,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $146,000.

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