Workers responsible for the facilities maintenance of a company or building are known as facilities managers or administrative service managers. In addition to focusing on the maintenance of the company's buildings and surrounding grounds, facilities managers will also ensure that the working environment is as good as possible for employees and attempt to increase the efficiency of the buildings by reducing energy usage and operating costs.
A facilities manager's role on a day-to-day level will differ depending on the size and type of his company. However, general activities should include overseeing the building's cleaning, catering, maintenance, security, health and safety, and communication infrastructure. On a daily basis, she will be checking that the work done by contractors meets standards, making sure that the company is disposing of waste correctly and implementing recycling programs where appropriate, communicating with tenants of the properties, and allocating the space of new and existing buildings.
A facilities manager will spend most of his time in the office, although some of the time is spent walking around the company's buildings and grounds. A facilities manager's work week is normally around 40 hours, but more hours may be necessary if problems must be resolved and paid overtime is not common. Facilities managers often are on call to deal with issues that might occur at night.
Larger firms generally require their facilities managers to have a bachelor's degree in something like business administration, construction management, engineering or facilities management. In addition, most companies prefer their facilities managers to have experience in a previous facilities role, preferably one that encompassed management and leadership duties.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 259,400 facilities managers in the U.S. in 2008. While they are found in all industries, the greatest numbers worked in education, health care and government. The sector is set to expand 12 percent up to 2018, which is about as fast as the national average for all jobs. The need to cut costs and increase building efficiency might lead more companies to hire facilities managers.
The average salary for facilities managers in 2008 was $73,520, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the range of the salaries was quite varied, with the middle 50 percent earning between $52,240 and $98,980. The highest 10 percent earned more than $129,770 a year, with those working for private companies and enterprises earning the most. Next were those in health care and those working in local government.
2016 Salary Information for Administrative Services Managers
Administrative services managers earned a median annual salary of $90,050 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, administrative services managers earned a 25th percentile salary of $66,180, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $120,990, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 281,700 people were employed in the U.S. as administrative services managers.