Every year or two, the City conducts a labor market review of 14 comparable cities to establish and update the City’s pay structures. This market data, combined with job analysis and internal salary relationships, are used to determine appropriate pay grades for City jobs. The established City Policy is to set City employee salaries at the median level of the salaries of the comparable agencies and to set total compensation for City employees (salary plus benefits) at the median level of total compensation of the comparable agencies, plus 5%. In reality total City employee compensation has been at or below the median level of total compensation since 2009.
The City issues paychecks on a biweekly basis every other Friday. Benefits are deducted from paychecks twice a month.(2017 Payroll Calendar)
City Council Compensation:
The stipend for City Council Members is set by ordinance, using the standards established in the Government Code for General Law cities. City Council Members currently receive $1,000.00 per month, and are eligible for retirement, health insurance, and other benefits.
Council Members also serve as the governing board for the Mission Viejo Housing Authority, the redevelopment Successor Agency and Library Board of Trustees, but do not receive any compensation for these duties.
At the discretion of the City Manager, an employee may be granted a fixed monthly allowance to offset the cost to the employee for using their personal vehicle while in the course of employment. Please see the attached table for a list of eligible job classifications.
Mobile Device Use Allowance
At the discretion of the City Manager, an employee may be granted a fixed monthly allowance to offset the cost to the employee for using their personal cell phone and/or PDA to conduct City business, with the goal of providing an efficient method of enhancing the method of City employee communications, improving employee productivity, and facilitating the establishment and maintenance of a key component of the City communications network in the event of an emergency. Generally, the fixed monthly allowance ranges from $60 to $120. Please see Mobile Device Use and Allowance Personnel Policy for further details.