Compensation for City Employees & Officials

Compensation Transparency


The City of Rancho Santa Margarita embraces a philosophy of openness and transparency, and as such, provides compensation information of elected and appointed officials and City staff. The following information is based on a disclosure model provided by the Orange County Grand Jury Report (PDF).

The compensation schedule for City Council members and City employees with a base salary of over $100,000 for the fiscal year is provided below. This is what is recommended to be disclosed by the Orange County model.

FY 2015/16 Compensation Information

* Includes retirement contributions, fees, deferred compensation, incentive bonuses, auto allowance, and pay in lieu of time off. **Position was held for less than one year, the salary amount does not represent a complete annual base salary.
Position Salary Other Pay*
Insurance Premiums
Pension Costs
Total Compensation
City Council Member
$5,562 $17,545 $107 $690 $23,903
City Council Member
$5,562 $17,170 $482 $690 $23,904
City Council Member
$5,562 $16,505 $1,147 $690 $23,903
City Council Member
$5,562 $17,652 $- $690 $23,904
City Council Member
$5,562 $- $17,652 $690 $23,904
City Manager
$204,885 $18,840 $516 $15,495 $239,737
Finance Director
$154,712
$9,358 $9,435 $11,675 $185,180
Public Works Director / City Engineer
$162,798 $808 $17,652 $29,615 $210,873
Development Services Director
$153,553
$18,664 $340 $11,604 $184,160
Assistant City Engineer**
$76,822 $11,761 $10,297 $5,841 $104,722
Assistant City Engineer**
$25,776 $11,868
$339 $2,043 $40,026
HR/RM Administrator** $83,876 $2,016 $11,870 $6,316 $104,077
Acctg/Budget Supervisor $105,340 $9,518 $8,344 $19,201 $142,403
City Clerk $99,223 $18,828 $340 $7,549 $125,940

All City Employees


Access the salary information for all City employees and elected officials in the Compensation Schedule (PDF).