Mayor Michelle Wu on Monday proposed a boost in pay for her office, the city council and top officials across city hall.
The bump would put an extra $23,000 in the mayor’s pocket after the next election, hiking pay in the corner office from $207,000 to $230,000.
“Any changes to the salary range of elected officials will not take effect until after the next relevant election,” Wu stated in a letter announcing the proposal, which is now before the city council and listed on its agenda Wednesday.
Because of the pandemic and multiple mayoral elections, the last set of raises for city brass were implemented under Mayor Marty Walsh in 2018.
Wu said the raises were based on an analysis of pay at other cities across top jobs.
City Councilor Ed Flynn welcomed the proposal, citing the cost of living among other factors.
“With a significantly increased cost of living, it is reasonable for municipalities to conduct an extensive analysis of the salaries for their elected officials and cabinet chiefs in comparison to similar cities,” Flynn said in a statement. “It’s prudent for the City of Boston to conduct this review in an effort to both retain and attract talented employees in what is an extremely competitive job market.”
City councilors’ salaries would jump from $103,500 to $115,000, also outpacing average city and state legislator wages, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The proposed mayor’s salary in Boston is higher than the nearly $100,000 national average, estimated by ZipRecruiter, but lower than many cities with comparably high cost-of-living like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
The city’s highest-paid leadership — the director of administrative services, police commissioner and fire commissioner — would potentially see the largest raises, with a previous salary range of $200,000 to $250,000, jumping to a new salary range of $260,000 to $325,000.
If passed by the City Council, the mayoral and city council salary increases would go into effect after the next election. Increases for appointed and other top officials would take effect immediately.
The proposal is based on recommendations from Deloitte Consulting, which analyzed competitive benchmark salaries for the positions. The recommendations were reviewed by the mayor’s Compensation Advisory Board in July.