A career in city government is rarely a road to riches, what with the perpetual budget challenges and ethics constraints that go hand-in-hand with public service. Some cities, however, are more generous to their mayors than others.
An American City Business Journals analysis of mayoral salaries in 60 major U.S. cities shows a wide disparity in pay in public office. ACBJ’s research includes 41 mayors whose budgeted salary tops the $100,000 threshold, including seven who are slated to earn more than $200,000 per year. It also includes eight big-city mayors whose annual budgeted salary falls below $40,000 per year.
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell ranks near the bottom of the rankings, at No. 44 of 60. He makes a lower salary than Jean Strothert of Omaha and Sly James of Kansas City, but he earns more than Stephen Adler of Austin and Mike Rawlings of Dallas.
Read more: Wichita Business Journal.