How Much Do Mayors Make in a Year?

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Salaries vary for mayors across the United States depending on a city's size and location. Some small-town mayors earn nothing for their service, while mayors of large metropolitan areas can earn annual salaries of $100,000 or more.

In large and mid-sized cities, mayors are typically provided with a vehicle, health insurance and retirement benefits in addition to their salaries. In small towns, mayors often only work part-time and earn salaries of less than $10,000 per year. Mayors of highly populated cities receive yearly salaries ranging from around $100,000 to almost $200,000. An unusual case involved Michael Bloomberg, New York City's mayor from 2002 to 2013, who refused to accept the position's $195,000 salary. He instead accepted a nominal payment of only one dollar per year.