Salary Commission


The Mountlake Terrace Salary Commission shall meet every five years to determine the salaries the City of Mountlake Terrace will pay its elected officials.

If the Commission determines that the salary paid to the Mayor or City Council should be increased or decreased, the Commission will adopt by a resolution with a written salary schedule and file it with the City Clerk indicating the increase or decrease in salary and the effective date.

The Commission shall convene, complete its review, adopt by resolution and file its schedule of salaries for the Mayor and City Council with the City Clerk within 120 days of the appointment of the Commission. The 120-day review time schedule may be extended upon request by the Commission and approval by the City Council.

Meetings may be scheduled by the Chair of the Commission or by a majority vote of the Commission. All meetings of the Commission will be open to the public and a public hearing will be held prior to a Commission vote to increase or decrease salaries to provide an opportunity for the public, the Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and/or City Council members to address the Commission.

Any salary increase or decrease established by the Commission is subject to referendum petition by the people of the city. In the event a valid referendum petition is filed, the salary increase or decrease shall not go into effect until approved by a vote of the people.


The Mountlake Terrace Salary Commission concluded work in 2019 and a Commission will be appointed in 2024 to conduct a new salary review.

Requirements & Compensation

Members of the Mountlake Terrace Salary Commission must be residents of the City of Mountlake Terrace. Members of the Commission must not be an officer, official, or employee of the city or an immediate family member of an officer, official, or employee of the city. This is a volunteer position and there is no compensation.


The term shall commence upon City Council appointment and confirmation and shall terminate upon the Commission’s adoption of written salary schedule by resolution and filing of the statement of salaries with the City Clerk or until the Commission by majority vote determines that no salary adjustment is warranted. No member of the Commission shall be appointed to more than two consecutive terms.