Portland, Oregon is the largest city in the state, and ranks between Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, as the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Portland holds an election for mayor every four years. The mayor shares some duties often held by a city's mayor with members of the Portland City Council.
Portland Mayor's Salary
As reported in the Oregonian newspaper, the official mayoral salary for Portland was $118,273 in the budget year ending June 30, 2010. According to the Oregon government salary database maintained by the Oregonian, that salary did not include any premium pay or overtime. For perspective, the mayoral salary is substantially higher than the estimated Portland per capita income of $29,147, as well as the estimated Portland median household income of $50,203.
Historical and Comparative Salary Information
As of 2004, the Portland mayor's salary was $102,918. In 2005, the salary earned by the mayor increased to $105,000. The Portland mayor's salary has thus in recent years roughly kept pace with inflation.
The mayor's salary does not come even close to making the mayorship the highest paid Portland city office. As of 2010, Portland's police chief earned the highest city salary, at $183,715. One police officer earned a total of $173,303. Portland's mayor actually ranked only No. 172 in salary among Portland city employees.
Future Pay Increases
In May 2009, the Portland City Council approved a 2.8-percent pay raise that would have increased the mayor's salary from approximately $118,000 to approximately $121,000, but the sitting mayor did not accept the pay raise. The salary of Portland's mayor during future administrations will depend on whether the future officeholder is allowed that pay raise, as well as whether that mayor accepts any future pay raises.
Comparison with Other Mayors
The Portland mayor's salary falls roughly in the middle of the range for cities of Portland's size, although that range is a significant one. According to Infoplease.com, the city of Portland ranks No. 30 in total size among U.S. cities, with a population estimate of 566,141. Oklahoma City ranks No. 31, and its mayor earns just $24,000 per year. In 2006, No. 23 Seattle's mayor earned $148,000. Atlanta ranks No. 33 in size, and its mayor announced in 2011 a $40,000 pay cut, to $101,000.
- OregonLive.com: Mayor Sam Adams is Portland's No.1 politician but No. 172 on city payroll list: Ryan Frank: August 26, 2010
- The Seattle Times: Seattle's council members among highest-paid in U.S.: Jim Brunner: November 18, 2005
- City-Data.com: Portland, Oregon
- Infoplease.com: Top 50 Cities in the U.S. by Population and Rank Read more: Top 50 Cities in the U.S. by Population and Rank — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0763098.html#ixzz1M7681ckx
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