Reminder: Pay for Edmonds mayor, council topic of Aug. 21 public hearing

How much should members of the Edmonds City Council and the Edmonds Mayor be paid? The City of Edmonds Salary Commission is seeking public input on these important questions through both an Aug. 21 public meeting and an online survey.

The City of Edmonds Mayor is a full-time position and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the city.  The mayor’s 2019 salary is $125,940 plus health benefits.  Councilmembers are part-time positions and earn $15,000 per year plus health benefits and the council president earns $17,400 per year plus benefits. All councilmembers have the option to take a cash equivalent in lieu of health care insurance.

The City of Edmonds Salary Commission, composed of five volunteer community members appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council, is charged with setting binding compensation levels for the elected officials in Edmonds. The commission has scheduled a meeting and public hearing for Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Training Room
250 5th Ave. N., Edmonds.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Each person will be given up to three minutes to speak.

In addition, the cmmission is asking members of the community to complete a survey, available online at or by visiting City Hall at 121 5th Ave. N. for a paper version. The survey will close at the end of business on Monday, Aug.19, 2019.

“We would appreciate the perspectives of the Edmonds community regarding council and mayor compensation,” said Jay Grant, salary commission chair. “In the past, the most significant aspect used has been comparison of relevant data from comparative cities. We are looking at alternatives during this cycle and invite the community to offer input by completing a survey so the commission can consider additional views.”

Survey results will be published on the city’s web page.

For a complete schedule of meetings, agendas and meeting minutes, visit

Under city ordinance, the five-member salary commission must present a binding decision regarding compensation levels to the mayor and city council by Sept.30 of each odd-numbered year.  The commission may consider many factors in setting compensation, including elected officials’ pay and benefits in comparable cities and economic trends such as inflation.


2 Replies to “Reminder: Pay for Edmonds mayor, council topic of Aug. 21 public hearing”

  1. We ask Edmonds Council members to have an ongoing, comprehensive understanding of local issues, to understand the implication of state and federal legislation, to confer regularly with the electorate in private and public meetings, to have a deep understanding of fiscal and zoning realities, to have a thorough understanding of the workings of all City departments, and to look into the future to create the best Edmonds possible —- and offer up a $15,000 “part-time” salary per year?

    Seems to me if you want the full-time engagement of Council members you should pay them accordingly.


  2. $15,000 does seem a bit stingy. However I would like to know the cost of benefits for each council member. It would be good to know the benefits paid to the mayor also.
    I think this is important information. Benefits are not taxed so they are quite valuable.


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