2014 City Clerk Salary Survey Results and Infographic

Last month, we asked members of our LinkedIn Group, The City Clerk Cafe, to participate in a city clerk salary survey to find out more about city council and city clerk pay. We wanted to paint an accurate picture of how population affects city council, mayor, and city clerk salary.

What we found was very interesting!

What we learned from the 2014 City Clerk Salary Survey

  1. The higher the city population, the higher the City Council pay–by quite a bit! In towns with under 5,000 residents, the salary of a city council member may just be less than the gas it costs to get to the meeting—an average of $2,400 a year! However, that number is dramatically higher for populations of 100,000 or more: from $21,000/yr to $77,000/yr or higher.
  2. clerk cafe finalMost councils meet 2-3 times per month. With the exception of very small populations (less than 5,000), generally City Council meets 2 or 3 times per month. There is little correlation between the number of meetings and the amount the council member gets paid, as cities with 50,000-100,000 residents meet the most often (3-4 times/month), yet make less than council members from larger cities whom meet 2-3 times/month.
  3. Mayor salary is directly related to the population of the city. A mayor of a city with less than 5,000 people makes, on average, a mere $7,000/year; however, the greater the population, the greater the salary, averaging $112,000 for a mayor of a city with a population of 250,000 to 500,000.
  4. City Clerk salary is directly related to the population of the city; however, the gap is variable. A city clerk in a town with less than 5,000 people makes around $23/hr, while a big-city clerk will make more than double that ($48/hr)! However, the jump in pay is most dramatic between populations of less than 5,000 to under 25,000 (a $7/hr difference), and between populations of over 25,000 to under 50,000 (a $9/hr difference).

In addition to the salary information we found, we also found a few other notable statistics:

  • The average voter turnout is 40 percent.
  • Thirty-eight percent of cities utilize paperless record keeping and meeting notes.
  • Twenty percent of cities subsidize and allow use of self-owned mobile devices such as iPads, netbooks, and mobile phones, while 15 percent prohibit it, and 40 percent have no policy at all.

Thank you to all the City Clerks who helped by participating in this survey. To see more about City Clerk pay comparisons, check out last year’s City Clerk Salary Survey.

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