Miami-Dade County

What does your mayor make? It could be $187,000 — and it could be $0

Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández, Sweetwater Mayor Orlando López, Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Peña Lindsay
Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández, Sweetwater Mayor Orlando López, Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Peña Lindsay

Does your mayor make a lot of money?

That depends on the city and the role.

While some mayors of the county’s municipalities work for a buck a year, others get big bucks.

What mayors make was revealed in a recent report by the Miami-Dade County Ethics Commission based on information collected between 2016 and 2017 from requests for public records to the cities and the county.

Here is who makes what:

Miami-Dade County: Population 2,456,378

Annual salary: $150,000. This amount was reduced, the previous mayor earned $ 324,000.

Additional payments: $64,710 for retirement.

Miami-Dade County has a strong mayor system.

Salaries of mayors of cities with more than 90,000 people

Miami: Population 453,579

Annual salary: $97,000.

Additional payments: $19,400 for a retirement account.

Salary of the city manager: previously it was $ 231,402 but recently it increased to $ 265,000.

Hialeah: Population 236,387

Annual salary: $150,000.

Additional payments: $40,000 for other expenses.

Hialeah has a strong mayor system (mayor and city administrator at the same time).

Miami Gardens: Population 113,058

Annual salary: $42,000.

Additional payments: $12,648 for travel expenses related to city affairs and $14,400 for other expenses.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 198,248.

Miami Beach: Population 91,917

Annual salary: $10,171.

Additional payments: $30,000 for additional expenses.

Salary of the city administrator: $282,535.

Cities between 20,000 and 70,000 inhabitants

Homestead: Population 67,996

Annual salary: $6,000.

Additional payments: $12,500 for vehicle expenses, $14,700 for expenses, $12,000 for travel and $5,000 for public relations.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 210,120.

North Miami: Population 62,139

Annual salary: $59,880.

Additional payments: compensation for $17,640 subject to taxes and $10,000 for travel expenses.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 240,000.

Doral: Population 57,947

Annual salary: $68,365.

Additional payments: $30,000 for “duties and memberships”, $15,000 for trips. Share with the commissioners a budget of $ 7,800 for cellphone expenses and $ 25,000 for office expenses.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 206,237.

Coral Gables: Population 50,815

Annual salary: $38,244.

Additional payments: $6,000 for travel expenses.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 209,976.

Cutler Bay: Population 44,707

Annual salary: $15,376.

Additional payments: $2,400 for travel expenses, $1,800 for cellphone use and $5,500 for city-related expenses such as lunches and trips to Tallahassee.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 197,538.

North Miami Beach: Population 43,891

Annual salary: $ 3,600.

Additional payments: compensation for $ 28,799 subject to taxes.

Salaries of the city administrator: $ 206,000.

Aventura: Population 37,724

Annual salary: $ 10,000.

Additional payments: last year it was $ 8,301.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 252,000.

Miami Lakes: Population 30,873

Annual salary: $18,200.

Additional payments: compensation for $32,367 subject to taxes.

Salary of the city administrator: $189,800.

Palmetto Bay: Population 24,570

Annual salary: $24,000.

Additional payments: $8,000 last year for “contributions to the community,” and $ 4,000 shared with city commissioners for travel expenses.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 190,996.

Hialeah Gardens: Population 23,837

Annual salary: $ 115,648.

Additional payments: $ 83,000 for other expenses and $ 45 monthly for telephone expenses.

Hialeah Gardens has a strong-mayor system.

Sunny Isles Beach: Population 22,086

Annual salary: $15,000.

Additional payments: $6,000 for additional expenses and reimbursement for travel expenses related to city affairs.

Salary of the city administrator: $232,551.

Cities between 10,000 and 20,000 inhabitants:

Pinecrest: Population 19,444

Annual salary: $0

Additional payments: $20,000 for travel expenses related to city affairs.

Salary of the city administrator: $201,650.

Opa-locka: Population 16,457

Annual salary: The financial emergency has forced Opa-locka to eliminate this item from the city that used to be $2,400.

The 5,000 were also eliminated for travel expenses, $32,341 for retirement and health insurance expenses, the use of a city car, gas cards and credit cards.

Miami Springs: Population 14,431

Annual salary: $ 6,000.

Additional payments: city credit cards, share with the commissioners “promotions and donations” expenses with a budget of $120,860 for fiscal year 2018.

Salary of the city administrator: $145,200.

Key Biscayne: Population 13,019

Annual salary: $0

Additional payments: none.

Salary of the city administrator: $199,335.

South Miami: Population 12,207

Annual salary: $ 14,000.

Additional payments: 1,200 for travel expenses, $ 1,150 for cell phone use, 500 for vehicle expenses, 2,000 for a discretionary fund (which can be used for matters related to the city).

Salary of the city administrator: $ 200,006.

Florida City: Population 12,078

Annual salary: $ 176,155.

Additional payments: allocation of expenses for $ 6,510, cellular expenses, vehicle and travel reimbursement.

Florida City has a strong-myor system.

Miami Shores: Population 10,762

Annual salary: $ 1.

Additional payments: travel expenses related to matters of the city.

Salary of the city administrator: $173,576.

Sweetwater: Population 10,755

Annual salary: $ 95,000.

Additional payments: $ 5,000 for expenses related to its management and $ 179,663 for its retirement.

Sweetwater has a strong-mayor system.

Cities of less than 10,000 inhabitants:

North Bay Village: Population 8,262

Annual salary: $ 7,800.

Additional payments: $ 3,600 for travel expenses related to city affairs.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 96,000.

West Miami: Population 7,459

Annual salary: $20 for each meeting attended.

Additional payments: compensation for $ 1,200 for expenses related to its management.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 130,924.

Bay Harbor Islands: Population 5,975

Annual salary: $ 1.

Additional payments: reimbursement for trips related to the city.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 172,578.90.

Surfside: Population 5,811

Annual salary: $ 1.

Additional payments: cellular expenses.

Salary of the city administrator: $155,000.

Biscayne Park: Population 3,198

Annual salary: $4,000.

Additional payments: reimbursed for trips and promotional activities.

Salary of the city administrator: $83,041.

Bal Harbour: Population 3,050

Annual salary: $1,800 (the commissioners approved to increase it to $30,000, will become effective for the next mayor's term).

Additional payments: they are reimbursed for any trip they make on behalf of the city.

Salary of the city administrator: $222,847.

El Portal: Population 2,480

Annual salary: $3,000.

Additional payments: monthly cellular expenses ($ 136.66 per month) and $ 1,640 for trips related to city affairs.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 85,000.

Virginia Gardens: Population 2,472

Annual salary: $12,240.

Additional expenses: cellular expenses, trips related to city affairs and the payment of a credit card issued by the city.

Virginia Gardens has a strong-mayor system.

Medley: Population 1,100 inhabitants

Annual salary: $187,152.

Additional expenses: $100 per month for cellphone use.

Medley has a strong-mayor system (mayor and city manager at the same time).

Golden Beach: Population 968

Annual salary: $ 1.

Additional payments: none was registered in 2016.

Salary of the city administrator: $ 182,973.

Indian Creek Village: Popualtion 91

Annual salary: $0

Additional payments: none.

Salary of the city administrator: $107,936.

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