Councillors' pay, allowances and expenses

The annual salary of an ordinary Edinburgh Councillor in 2021/22 is £18,604.

The Council Leader's annual salary is £55,817. All other Councillors' salaries are calculated as a proportion of this.

The Depute Leader and Lord Provost each receive a salary of £41,862.

How pay is set

The Scottish Parliament decides what pay councillors get. Councillors can claim for travel and other costs while on council duties.

A councillor's pay takes into account the size of the council and it will be more if the councillor is also a Council Leader, Depute Council Leader, Lord Provost or senior councillor.

Pay rises

A pay rise was applied on 1 April 2021.

Register of payments

The register of payments to councillors shows the amounts received by way of salary, allowances and expenses.

Download the list of payments to councillors (XLSX amd PDFs)
Find your councillor and view their register of interests and expenses
View the councillors' membership of organisations