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Office Manager Salary Guide

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Office managers, also called office administrators, are responsible for ensuring that offices and organizations run effectively. They supervise scheduling, office space allocation and office supply use to make sure all workers have an environment in which they can perform their duties. Office manager salaries differ based on various factors.

National Averages

There were about 1,381,060 office managers employed in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They earned a national average salary of $24.04 an hour or about $49,990 per year. Office managers in the top 10th percentile of earners made an average of about $36.59 per hour or $76,100 per year, while those in the lowest 10th percentile of earners took in about $13.66 per hour or about $28,400 per year.

Most Common Sectors

BLS reports that the "depository credit intermediation" sector of the economy employed the highest number of office managers in 2009. The estimated 122,920 officer mangers in this sector earned about $22.53 an hour or about $46,850 per year. The estimated 75,260 office managers in the second-most common sector of the industry, the "offices of physicians" sector, earned an average of $23.35 per hour or about $48,570 a year.

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Highest Paying Sectors

BLS reports that the estimated 4,040 office managers employed in the "postal service" sector of the economy had the highest average salaries out of all sectors in 2009. These office managers earned an average of about $34.45 an hour or about $71,660 per year. Office managers in the second-highest paying sector, "computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing," earned an average salary of about $32.46 an hour or about $67,510 per year.

Geographic Differences

Office managers in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Massachusetts and Connecticut earned the highest average wages out of all states in 2009, according to BLS. Those in the District of Columbia earned an average of $32.29 per hour or about $67,170 per year, while those in the fifth-highest paying state, Connecticut, earned about $25.94 an hour or about $53,960 per year.

About the Author

Roger Thorne is an attorney who began freelance writing in 2003. He has written for publications ranging from "MotorHome" magazine to "Cruising World." Thorne specializes in writing for law firms, Web sites, and professionals. He has a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas.

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