The 6 mayors who charge more than the Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez: from Almeida to Goia

It is often said that, for a politician, there is no more beautiful occupation than being mayor of the city where you were born. For purposes of power, it is clear that running a City Council may not sound as attractive as a position of minister or president of the government, but it can mean more money at the end of the month. Specifically, there are in Spain until six mayors who earn more than Pedro Sánchez.

This is indicated by the latest remuneration data published by the Ministry of Finance and Public Function, that ah collected the salaries of all the councilors during the last course of 2020. With the new salary increase, in addition, they will be able to raise their salaries until they reach a maximum of 111,684.46 euros per year, according to the population of the city. In contrast, the salary of the Prime Minister will be 86.542,08 euros under the same rise.

Of the more than 8,000 mayors in Spain, a total of 2,620 of them claim not to receive any remuneration for their work. Of those who do claim to have a payroll, 1,515 claim to dedicate themselves exclusively to the city council, as in the big cities: all of them will receive a salary increase.

The draft general state budget for the year 2022, approved this week, contemplates that the salary increase of 2% agreed for officials is also applied in the annual remuneration of mayors. In this way, the councilors of cities with more than half a million inhabitants will be able to collect next year a maximum of 111,684.46 euros per year, a figure that no one has yet reached.

According to this classification, elaborated from the data provided by the different institutions, the best paid mayors are those of large cities, who also carry out their duties with exclusive dedication, which means that their salaries are higher than those of Sánchez . They are as follows:

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    Madrid: José Luis Martínez-Almeida

    The Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, he is the councilor with the highest salary in Spain. Only in 2020, the also national spokesman of the PP pocketed 108,517.80 euros, more than the last annual remuneration of his predecessor, Manuela Carmena (102.009,97 euros).

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    Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona.

    As was the case in the previous legislature, that of Barcelona It is the only City Council capable of standing up to the capital. Your mayor, Ada Colau, won a total of 100,000.04 euros in 2020, at a rate of 7,143 per month.

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    Bilbao: Juan Mari Aburto

    In relation to the size of their cities, Basque mayors are the ones who better off the list. Bilbao, specifically, with ten times less population than Madrid, gives its mayor a salary quite similar to that of the capital of Spain. Thus, Juan Mari Aburto is agency a year a total of 97,144.08 euros. Almost nothing.

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    Vitoria: Gorka Urtaran

    The list is followed by his counterpart from Vitoria, Gorka Urtaran. The city, less than 250,000 inhabitants, gives its mayor a salary of 90,526.38 euros per year, more than others like Seville or Valencia.

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    San Sebastián: Eneko Goia

    In keeping with custom, the third mayor of a Basque capital once again sneaks into the group of mayors who charge more than the president. Specifically, Goia receives 87,952.02 euros per year.

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    Valladolid: Óscar Puente

    Finally, the socialist Óscar Puente also earns more than his party partner from La Moncloa. The leader of the Valladolid PSOE earns 86,814.28 euros per year.

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