Whether they’re helming a crew of two or 20, office managers are often the glue that keeps an entire small business running. Office managers may wear a great number of hats, including supply orderer, vacation scheduler, conflict resolver and paperwork sorter; and professionals employed in this field also must choose their industry of employment. Although almost every category of employment has office managers, the pay within these industries is vastly different and can greatly impact an office manager’s salary.
The country’s 1,359,950 office managers earned approximate median salaries of $47,460 nationwide as of May 2010, as published in a Bureau of Labor Statistics’ wage study. Office managers earning at the 90th percentile of their salary brackets took in $76,930, while those at the 10th percentile received wages of $28,870.
Office managers working in the District of Columbia earned the highest salaries for their profession, taking in $66,550 in annual mean wages. Managers in New York followed, with salaries of $57,970. Employers of office managers in California paid the third-highest salaries, at $56,420, with those in Rhode Island following closely, paying $56,010. Office managers in Massachusetts earned the fifth-highest wages, at $55,610.
California had the highest employment level of office managers. Texas, which paid an above-average $51,420, placed second in employment levels. New York had the third-highest employment level. Although Florida was home to the fourth-highest employment level, its statewide annual mean wage for the profession fell just under the national average at $47,210. Pennsylvania, paying $51,720, was in fifth place for employment level of office managers.
Where to Manage:
The depository credit intermediation industry employed the most office managers, as well as paying just over the median wage, at $48,100. Physicians’ offices employed the second-largest contingent of office managers, with annual mean wages of $49,690. Office managers employed by the postal service earned the highest salaries, at $76,690. The computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry also paid higher-than-average wages for its office managers, at $67,610.