ICMA Member-only CAO Salary and Compensation 2015 Survey Results

Check out the survey results based on more than 1,000 ICMA-member CAO responses.

ARTICLE | Jun 16, 2015

More than 1,000 ICMA-member CAOs responded to the 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 $125,000; for county CAOs, it is $140,000.
  • Forty-seven percent of ICMA-member CAOs reported that their base salaries are publicly available on the local government website.
  • In a majority of cases overall, benefit packages for CAOs are calculated in the same manner as for other employees of the local government.


All ICMA members have access to the survey results. Log in to access the report. 

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