L.A. City Council By The Numbers

L.A. City Hall
Los Angeles City Council members are the highest paid and have the largest discretionary budgets of the 15 largest U.S. cities, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts Philadelphia Research Initiative.

The average annual salary of L.A.'s elected council members is $178,789. That's about $48,000 more than the next highest paid city council in Washington D.C. San Antonio only pays its members about $1,400 annually.

Los Angeles City Council also led all 15 districts in spending on itself — $1.7 million per council seat. The study calculated the number by adding up the cost of council salaries, employee benefits and general operations — $25,350,580 for fiscal year 2011 — and divided that by the number of seats — 15.

L.A. has the lowest percentage of women serving on the council — 13 percent — but the second highest percentage of Hispanics — 33 percent.

Check out these and other interesting stats about the city councils in this interactive graphic designed by Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative. See the full report here.

Graphic Credit: Pew Charitable Trusts Philadelphia Research Initiative

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