Seven City of York Council employees earn a six-figure salary, it has been revealed.

In the latest edition of its Town Hall Rich List, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has published the salaries of all the senior officers with pay and pensions totalling more than £100K.

As you might expect, the council chief executive Mary Weastell is the most highly paid, with a pay and pensions package totalling £164,181.

The deputy chief executive, and the corporate directors for health, education, public health and economy and place are also among the top earners.

One undisclosed member of staff also earns £102K according to the alliance’s research.

RoleSalaryPensionTotal
Chief Executive - Mary Weastell£135,526£28,655£164,181
Corporate Director Children, Education & Communities£117,274£24,860£142,134
Corporate Director Health, Housing & Adult Social Care£105,080£22,267£127,347
Deputy Chief Executive & Director Customer & Corporate Services£105,031£22,267£127,298
Corporate Director Economy & Place£101,052£21,413£122,465
Director of Public Health£84,799£18,624£103,423
Undisclosed£102,500£102,500

Tough times

City of York Council chief executive Mary Weastell
Nationally, the TaxPayers’ Alliance found that there were at least 2,454 council employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000. That’s 148 more than in 2016-17.

The average number of employees on £100K+ per local authority is 5.8.

Mary Weastell has a long way to go to reach the highest heights. The best-remunerated chief exec is in Slough, paid £595K.


The alliance says:

  • Many senior managers at local authorities have performed well in tough financial times.

    There are many reports of residents seeing no difference in the services they receive despite the necessary savings being made.

It says the research is a vital tool for taxpayers wanting to judge which authorities are delivering the best value for money.