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City Council Salary
Each year, the City Charter mandates the Public Ethics Commission (Commission) to adjust the City Councilmember salary level according to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the preceding year, and to make additional salary increases as deemed necessary by the Commission.
Section 202 of the City Charter establishes the Commission to, among other things, “set City Councilmember compensation” in the following manner:
Beginning with Fiscal Year 2003-2004, the Public Ethics Commission shall annually adjust the salary for the office of Councilmember by the increase in the consumer price index over the preceding year. The Commission may adjust salaries beyond the increase in the consumer price index up to a total of five percent. Any portion of an increase in compensation for the office of Councilmember that would result in an overall increase for that year in excess of five percent must be approved by the voters. [Oakland City Charter, Sec. 202(c)]
Payroll adjustments take effect on the first payroll period after the beginning of the new fiscal year. There are exceptions, and some Councilmembers may voluntarily decline the salary increase and receive less than the Commission-authorized salary.
The table below shows salary increases approved by the Commission as required by law since 2004.
PEC Authorized Increase (%)
Salary Amount with Increase ($)