Birmingham town hall where Paul Dransfield was paid £444,775
Some 608 workers pocketed more than £150,000 and 28 received £250,000 or more.
Meanwhile, families struggle to pay sky-high council tax bills with services slashed to the bone.
Bills in England will rise by an average 4.7 percent this month, the second highest rise in ten years.
Hemel Hempstead Tory MP Sir Mike Penning said he was “disgusted” and “incandescent”.
He said: “You need to pay quality wages for quality people, but this is taking the Michael.
“You simply have to ask why and what for? Are some chief executives playing football in the Premier League?”
Analysis by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) showed at least 2,454 council employees earned £100,000 or more in 2017/18, the highest number since 2013/14 – costing hard-pressed taxpayers £325million.
Topping the TPA’s annual Town Hall Rich List was Essex, where 55 council staff each earned more than £100,000 – more than three times the national average salary of £29,588 a year.
Thirteen earned more than £150,000, approximately the wage paid to Theresa May.
Leading the way was Roger Parkin, the interim chief executive of Slough Borough Council, with a £595,077 package.
He has since left the authority.
Paul Dransfield, Birmingham City Council’s strategic director who was paid £444,775
Senior pay is always decided by democratically elected councillors in an open and transparent way
Wirral paid its managing director for delivery £569,423.
Paul Dransfield, Birmingham City Council’s major programmes and projects boss, was paid £444,775 while Andrew Pate, Bath and North East Somerset’s resources director, received a £424,250 package.
Northumberland’s chief executive Steve Mason got £413,492, plus £366,999 after he left the council in May 2017.
Monmouth Tory MP David Davies said: “We often hear councillors say they are being forced to make cuts to important services like libraries, but maybe they should start by cutting the salaries of their senior managers.”
Steve Mason was paid £413,492 as Northumberland’s CEO
Struggling families have seen energy, water, council tax, phone and broadband costs soar.
TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Despite many in the public sector facing a pay freeze to help bring finances under control, many town hall bosses are continuing to pocket huge remuneration packages, with staggering payouts for those leaving their jobs.
“There are talented people who are trying to deliver more for less, but the sheer scale of these packages raise serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”
Rob Whiteman of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, said: “It causes concern to the public to see the number of senior staff, but at local level, these roles are running vital public services.
“Some local government roles are now very difficult to recruit to and though it will be unpopular, we are likely to see senior pay continue to grow in line with inflation.”
The Local Government Association said: “Senior pay is always decided by democratically elected councillors in an open and transparent way.”
Comment by John O’Connell
Today the TaxPayers’ Alliance release our annual Town Hall Rich List which contains the details of all local authority employees whose remuneration is higher than £100,000 each year.
The results are shocking, with at least 2,454 council staff earning over £100,000 and 608 of them raking in over £150,000.
We are constantly being told local authorities are strapped for cash, and this is used as an excuse to cut essential services and hike council tax.
People in the country will be wondering why their local council can’t fix the potholes on the roads or take care of their elderly relatives, but they can afford to pay the pen pushers at the town hall a fortune.
Many people are struggling with the cost of living and often find it hard to make ends meet.
They will be rightly outraged to learn they are being forced to foot the bill for sky-high salaries for council fat cats.
It is important we attract good people to work at local councils.
It’s also right that dedicated civil servants receive a decent wage.
However, with many of these council chiefs being paid more than the Prime Minister, something doesn’t smell right.
Instead of paying their staff vast sums of money, councils need to stop wasting taxpayers’ money and instead spend it on the things we all care about.
• John O’Connell is chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.