You Paid For It: Councilmember salaries throughout S.C.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Our local elected county council members make an average of $16-17,000 in pay every year, according to numbers published by the South Carolina Association of Counties.

Statewide, third-most-populous Charleston ranks second for Council Chairman pay ($26,124).

Most populous Greenville County pays its Council Chairman the most ($35,560).

Source: South Carolina Association of Counties
Source: South Carolina Association of Counties

Charleston's average council member pay is third behind Greenville and York counties.

Of our local counties, Charleston and Dorchester County council members make the most on average, $20,737 and $20,000 respectively.

Colleton and Williamsburg council pay amounts were unlisted in the report.

Source: South Carolina Association of Counties
Source: South Carolina Association of Counties

Despite having the second-highest population of the seven local counties we checked, Berkeley County council members were paid less than smaller counties like Dorchester (midpoint $20,000) and Georgetown (midpoint $15,947).

Berkeley council members’ midpoint pay was $12,640. Notably, though, the hours listed for Berkeley council members were "7″ versus “40” listed for the other counties.

Source: South Carolina Association of Counties
Source: South Carolina Association of Counties

Richland County council members are paid nearly $12,000 less than Greenville’s despite Richland being the second-largest county by population.

However, Richland council members' hours are recorded as "25" versus "37.5" in Greenville.

Also demonstrated in the report, Charleston’s General Fund budget of $251 million is much higher than in other counties.

The next closest general fund budget is Horry County ($181 million), Richland ($176 million) and Greenville ($174 million).

Source: South Carolina Association of Counties
Source: South Carolina Association of Counties

You can check out more public salaries and pay comparisons in the FY 2020 Wage and Salary Report.

A wide variety of county positions statewide are listed and grouped by population size.

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