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More than 1,000 ICMA-member CAOs responded to the 2014 ICMA CAO Salary and Compensation Survey, which is now a member benefit. The survey covers salary and compensation, as well as employment agreements, severance pay, vacation, sick leave, retirement and other benefits. Highlights from the results include:

  • The overall median base salary for chief appointed officials (CAOs) in city-type government is $122,925; for county CAOs, it’s $135,110.
  • Eighty-nine percent of respondents report an employment agreement.
  • Seventy-eight percent report that they are eligible to receive severance pay.

All ICMA members have access to the survey results and will need to log in to view the report.