Rosemont, Orland Park mayoral pay ranks among tops in the... world?
Tokyo has 13.29 million people.
Rosemont has just over 4,200.
But at $260,000 per year, Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens outearns his counterpart in Japan’s largest city, Yuriko Koike, by nine percent.
Koike makes $238,000, $22,000 less than Stephens.
A Local Government Information Services (LGIS) analysis of mayoral pay around the world found that Stephens and Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin sit in rarefied air.
Stephens ranked second among fifty cities we surveyed; McLaughlin, who makes $150,000 per year to run a city of just under 60,000, ranked 30th. Those two and Albany, NY mayor Jackie Buskupski ($134,000) represented the the only mayors whose communities had fewer than 100,000 people.
Albany, the state capitol of New York, has a population of 98,424.
Rosemont, of course, is atypical as a booming convention and hotel hub adjacent to O’Hare Airport. Its population is small, but its business activity is big.
But Orland Park, mid-sized commuter suburb of cul-de-sacs and subdivisions in the southwest corner of Cook County is typical. And it pays more for its mayor than Madrid, ($101,190), Moscow ($96,987), Rome ($57,699) and Paris ($9,242).
McLaughlin, whose pay was suddenly increased last year from $40,000 to $150,000, earns the same as the mayors of Tampa and Milwaukee and more than the mayors of Cleveland, Las Vegas, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Portland, Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Louisville, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Miami, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.
In Illinois, after Stephens, the highest-paid mayor is Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel. The mayor of Tinley Park earned $62,286 last year. In Naperville, the mayor earned $20,000.
Stephens and McLaughlin earn more than every mayor in Indiana.
Indiana’s highest paid mayor, according to an Indianapolis Star analysis, is Gary’s Karen Freeman-Wilson, who earns $129,922. In Greenwood, Ind., an Indianapolis suburb of 55,586 similar to Orland Park, Mayor Mark Myers earns $74,494.
Highest Paid Mayors in the World
|1||San Francisco||USA||Ed Lee||$289,000||837,442|
|3||Vienna||Austria||Michael Haupl||$258,000||1.741 M|
|4||Los Angeles||USA||Eric Garcetti||$238,000||3.884 M|
|5||Tokyo||Japan||Yuriko Koike||$238,000||13.29 M|
|6||Houston||USA||Sylvester Turner||$235,000||2.196 M|
|8||New York City||USA||Bill de Blasio||$225,000||8.406 M|
|9||Philadelphia||USA||James Kenney||$218,000||1.553 M|
|10||Chicago||USA||Rahm Emanuel||$216,000||2.719 M|
|11||London||England||Sadiq Khan||$208,000||8.674 M|
|14||Calgary||Canada||Naheed Nenshi||$205,000||1.097 M|
|15||Washington, D.C.||USA||Muriel Bowser||$200,000||658,893|
|27||New Orleans||USA||Mitch Landrieu||$155,000||378,715|
|30||Orland Park||USA||Dan McLaughlin||$150,000||58,590|
|32||Las Vegas||USA||Carolyn Goodman||$139,000||603,488|
|35||Salt Lake City||USA||Jackie Buskupski||$134,000||191,180|
|38||St. Paul||USA||Chris Coleman||$132,000||294,873|
|39||St. Louis||USA||Francis Slay||$132,000||318,416|
|40||Kansas City||USA||Sly James||$129,000||467,007|
|44||San Jose||USA||Sam Liccardo||$114,000||998,537|