Although some offices rely on a single administrative assistant to handle clerical functions and paperwork, others employ a team of these workers. An office administrator's duties include overseeing office personnel, creating schedules, evaluating performances and training new hires. More than 1.36 million of these supervisors were employed in the United States as of May 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics groups office administrators under the job category, first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers. These supervisors earned a mean annual wage of $52,330 as of May 2011, according to the BLS. The best-paid top 10 percent earned $78,420 or more, while the bottom 10 percent earned $30,290 or less. The median salary was $48,810 a year.
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The BLS reports that the depository credit intermediation industry was the largest employer of office personnel supervisors as of May 2011, with 126,380 such workers earning a mean annual wage of $49,610 per year. Doctors offices were the second-largest employer of administrative supervisors, with 73,960 earning an average of $50,870 a year. Local governments ranked third, with 59,470 office administrators earning $53,050 per year on average.
Securities and commodities exchanges were the most lucrative places of employment for office administrators, paying $73,170 per year on average. Computer equipment manufacturing ranked second with a mean annual wage of $72,480. The natural gas pipeline industry was third in the survey, with a mean annual wage of $71,600.
Among the 50 states and District of Columbia, D.C. led the way in average salaries for office administrators at $63,040 a year as of May 2011. New York ranked second at an average of $60,010, followed by Rhode Island at $58,260. The lowest paying state was Arkansas, where administrators earned an average of $41,780 a year.