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 2017/18 Compensation Information

* Includes retirement contributions, fees, deferred compensation, incentive bonuses, auto allowance, and pay in lieu of time off.
Position Salary Other Pay*
Insurance Premiums
Pension Costs
Total Compensation
Council Member $5,562 $18,252 $0 $690 $24,504
Council Member $5,562 $17,772 $480 $690 $24,504
Council Member $5,562 $17,109 $1,143 $690 $24,504
Council Member $5,562 $18,252 $0 $690 $24,504
Council Member $5,562 $0 $18,252 $690 $24,504
City Manager $219,312 $31,184 $258 $17,771 $268,525
Public Works Director/City Engineer $126,051
$40,556 $15,210 $23,566 $205,383
Development Services Director $169,887 $4,898 $14,964 $13,736 $203,485
Finance Director $168,862
$18,000 $1,322 $13,610 $201,794
HR/RM Administrator $119,431 $1,748
$18,252 $9,686 $149,117
Acctg/Budget Supervisor $110,953 $11,594 $8,961 $20,740 $152,248
City Clerk $110,144 $19,411 $0 $8,891 $138,446

All City Employees


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