Facilities managers careers vary widely, depending on the type of organization and industry served. In all facilities management roles, individuals are responsible for promoting an efficient business operation. Salary ranges for facilities managers also demonstrate variance depending on experience and education with moderate to good income growth over time.
For facilities manager, requirements and experience may vary according to the type of site being managed. Most facility managers are required to have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering, business administration, construction or facility management. For administrative services facility managers, ideal education many include an associate degree in business or management. For facilities managers handling technical environments, post secondary technical school training with exposure to audiovisual and graphics is desirable. Managers working with contract administration or negotiations may be required to have educational background in business, human resources or finance.
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) certification program for facilities managers adds to work experience with certified competence in management skill areas. IFMA features two certification programs. The Certified Facility Manager (CFM) demonstrates industry standard knowledge of facilities management. Certification is rewarded through passing a comprehensive examination covering the core competencies of facilities management. For entry-level or transitioning facility professionals the knowledge-based certification of Facilities Management Professional (FMP) is offered to facilities managers to help demonstrate proven understanding and competency in the required skill areas for gainful employment.
Administrative Services Managers
Administrative services facility managers coordinate many of the processes that permit organizations to operate efficiently. Their duties may include the management of secretarial and reception services, human resource responsibilities like payroll and records management, and telecommunications management. Administrative support needs may include mail, office supply inventory, events planning and travel. Facilities managers in this business line may have varying compensation based on the employer, scope of responsibilities and geographic area. The Bureau of Labor statistics report the median salary for services managers in May 2006 was $67,690 annually.
General managers as facilities managers oversee the physical workplace for an organization. Using a combination of business administration, engineering, behavioral science and architecture, these facility managers may handle building operation and maintenance, project planning and management, facility function and environmental concerns. Their duties may also include communication management, technical integration, finance and quality assessment. In 2004 survey data reported in Today’s Facilities Manager, the median salary for general manager level facilities managers was $72,100 annually.
General Salary According to Years Experience
As with many careers, the number of years of experience can impact salary earning potential. In salary survey data updated in October 2009 on payscale.com, facilities managers with entry-level experience of a year or less reported between $39,000 and $50,000 in annual wages. Facilities managers with five or more years of experience reported earnings between $45,000 and $67,000 annually. Career facilities managers with up to 20 years of experience reported averages between $56,000 and $86,000 in annual income.