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Germany's big-city mayors receive
relatively modest financial rewards

December 2017: The salaries awarded to the mayors of Germany’s largest cities are relatively modest compared to the remuneration packages enjoyed by senior management in industry and business. The Mayor of Berlin, who also functions as a state prime minister, has a basic annual salary of some €168,000 (US$198,000), while the mayors of Cologne and Munich earn €143,000 and €147,000 respectively. Mayors of smaller large cities (Grossstädte) such as Ingolstadt, Saarbrücken or Osnabrück receive little more than €100,000 per year. In contrast, the CEOs of Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF earn in excess of eight million euros a year. Research by the management magazine ‘Markt und Mittelstand’ found that the bosses of smaller German companies - those with less than 500 employees - earn on average just under €300,000 a year.

The salaries of German mayors are linked to those of senior civil servants (Beamte) and vary from state to state. Mayors of large cities are paid more than those of smaller communities. For example in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state and home to cities such as Cologne, Düsseldorf and Bonn, mayors of towns with less than 10,000 people are paid between €60,000 and €76,000 per annum, while the mayors of cities with more than half a million inhabitants receive more than €140,000 a year.

In addition to their basic salaries, German mayors receive fixed expense allowances, which can amount to as much as 13.5 per cent of their basic pay. The allowances cover expenses for items such as work-related travel, cell phone use, protective clothing or the use of an office at home and can top €6,000 pa for the mayors of larger cities

Mayors of Germany's largest
cities and their annual salaries

Basic annual salaries in euros
(1 euro = 1.18 US dollar)
Aachen, Popl: 245,885, (North-Rhine Westphalia) Marcel Philipp
Mayor's account (2015)
Augsburg, Popl: 276,542 , (Bavaria) Kurt Gribl
€111,600 to €120,000
Augsburger Allgemeine (2016)
Berlin, Popl: 3,421,829, (Federal capital, city state) Michael Müller
RBB24 (2017)
Bielefeld, Popl: 328,864 , (North Rhine-Westphalia) Pit Clausen
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Bochum, Popl: 361,734, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Ottilie Scholz
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Bonn, Popl: 311,287, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Ashok Alexander Sridharan
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Braunschweig, Popl: 251,364, (Lower Saxony) Ulrich Markurth
€130,000 (2016)
Bremen, Popl: 548,547, (City state) Carsten Sieling
Gehaltsvergleich (2017)
Cologne / Köln, Popl: 1,034,175, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Henriette Reker
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Darmstadt, Popl: 155,353, (Hesse) Jochen Partsch
€113.724 (2016)
Dortmund, Popl: 575,944;, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Ullrich Sierau
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Dresden, Popl: 530,754; , (State capital of Saxony) Dirk Hilbert
Gehaltsvergleich (2017)
Duisburg, Popl: 486,855; , (North Rhine-Westphalia) Sören Link
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Düsseldorf, Popl: 598,686; , (State capital of North Rhine-Westphalia) Thomas Geisel
Focus (2015)
Erfurt, Popl: 210,178, (Thuringia) Andreas Bausewein
Focus (2015)
Essen, Popl: 574,635, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Thomas Kufen
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Frankfurt am Main, Popl: 701,350, (Hesse) Peter Feldmann
Frankfurter Neue Presse (2016)
Freiburg, Popl: 226,393, (Baden-Württemberg) Dieter Salomon
Badische Zeitung (2017)
Gelsenkirchen, Pop: 257.850, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Frank Baranowski
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Hagen, Popl: 189,044, (North-Rhine Westphalia) Erik Schulz
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Halle, Popl: 236,991, (Sachsen Anhalt) Bernd Wiegand
Halle Spektrum (2014)
Hamburg, Popl: 1,746,342, (City state) Olaf Scholz
Gehaltsvergleich (2017)
Hamm, Popl: 179,397, (North-Rhine Westphalia) Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Hannover, Popl: 518,386; , (State capital of Lower Saxony) Stefan Schostock
Focus (2015)
Heidelberg, Popl: 156,267, (Baden-Württemberg) Eckhardt Wurzner
€115,728 (2016)
Herne, Popl: 155,655, (North-Rhine Westphalia) Dr Frank Dudda
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Ingolstadt, Popl: 132,438, (Bavaria) Dr Christian Losel
Welt Digital (2013)
Karlsruhe, Popl: 294,761, (Baden-Württemberg) Frank Mentrup
€121,656 (2016)
Kassel, Popl: 197,984, (Hesse) Bertram Hilgen
€120,648 (2016)
Kiel, Popl: 246,306, (Schleswig-Holstein) Dr Ulf Kampfer
Focus (2015)
Krefeld, Popl: 225,144, (North-Rhine Westphalia) Frank Meyer
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Leipzig, Popl: 531.562, (Saxony) Burkhard Jung
Leipziger Volkszeitung (2014)
Leverkusen, Popl: 163,487, (North-Rhine Westphalia) Uwe Richrath
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Lübeck, Popl: 216,253, (Schleswig-Holstein) Bernd Saxe
Flensbruger Tageblatt (2015)
Magdeburg, Popl: 235,723, (Saxony-Anhalt) Dr Lutz Trumper
Focus (2015)
Mainz, Popl: 209,779, (Rhineland-Palatinate) Michael Ebling
Focus (2015)
Mannheim, Popl: 296,690, (Baden-Württemberg) Peter Kurz
€121,656 (2016)
Mönchengladbach, Popl: 256,853, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Hans Wilhelm Reiners
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Mülheim / Ruhr, Popl: 169,278, (North-Rhine Westphalia) Ulrich Scholten
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Munich / München, Popl: 1,407,836, (State capital, Bavaria) Dieter Reiter
Focus (2015)
Münster, Popl: 299,708, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Markus Lewe
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Popl: 498,876, (Bavaria) Ulrich Maly
Welt Digital (2014)
Oberhausen, 210,934, (North- Rhine Westphalia) Daniel Schranz
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Osnabrück, Popl: 162,403, (Lower Saxony) Wolfgang Griesert
Osnabrücker Zeitung (2014)
Potsdam, Popl: 167,745, (Brandenburg) Jann Jakobs
Focus (2015)
Rostock, Popl: 206,001, (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) Roland Methling
€107,909 (2015)
Saarbrücken, Popl: 178,151, (Saarland) Charlotte Britz
Gehaltsvergleich (2017)
Solingen, Popl: 158,726, (North-Rhine Westphalia) Tim Kurzbach
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)
Stuttgart, Popl: 604,297, (Baden-Württemberg) Fritz Kuhn
€157,752 (2016)
Wiesbaden, Popl: 275.976, (Hesse) Sven Gerich
Focus (2015)
Wuppertal, Popl: 343,488, (North Rhine-Westphalia) Andcreas Mucke
Bund der Steuerzahler (2016)

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