Are office manager job opportunities growing or declining?

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Are jobs in this industry on the rise? Are there any sub-sectors that are growing?

Where are the jobs? Which places have the most office manager opportunities?

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Sally

79 months ago

It appears they are declining. I am currently an OM, however I am also seeking a new OM or Business Mgr type position elsewhere. (I am SO underpaid for what I do, work 60-70 hrs a week and I do all of the administrative work, plan, budget and manage an annual member/exhibitor convention of approximately 1000 attendees/140 exhibitors; update/publish an annual membership directory; responsible for all lead generation, membership recruitment and services; produce a monthly e-bulletin; maintain all computers, software and networking' create and maintain a 10,000 contact database as well as all other normal/regular duties of an OM.) I make around $41,000 salaried/no paid OT and my benefits keep getting slashed/changed to cause more out of (my)pocket expenses.

We are a small office with 2 full time salaried and one full time assistant, however, all of the work is still there to get done no matter what size you are AND you are 1 person basically having to be specialized in EVERYTHING, doing ALL of the jobs.

I can not find ANY OM postings/careers posted anywhere in my area. I think it is a position that most companies hire within whenever possible that people work their way up and into. That would make the most sense if they have qualified people internally.

I think most smaller companies (1-15) employees have the most OM positions. Many non-profit and not-for-profit companies most always have an OM. Larger companies have more people who specialized in each of an OM's duties/responsibilites such as one person or a department strickly for HR, an IT person or department, an accounting/bookkeeper or department, etc, etc where as an OM usually does it ALL and wears ALL of the hats.

From my experience it is one of the most unappreciated and underpaid positions out there!

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Pia

77 months ago

Sally said: (I am SO underpaid for what I do, work 60-70 hrs a week and I do all of the administrative work, plan, budget and manage an annual member/exhibitor convention of approximately 1000 attendees/140 exhibitors; update/publish an annual membership directory; responsible for all lead generation, membership recruitment and services; produce a monthly e-bulletin; maintain all computers, software and networking' create and maintain a 10,000 contact database as well as all other normal/regular duties of an OM.) I make around $41,000 salaried/no paid OT and my benefits keep getting slashed/changed to cause more out of (my)pocket expenses.

You are definitely underpaid, Sally. You would be better off making $11/hr as an hourly employee, since your employer would then be required to pay you time and a half for the 25 hrs/wk (average) overtime that you work, which adds up to a total of over $44,330 year. Your current annual salary is about equivalent to the annual wages of an hourly employee making between $10.15 to $10.20/hr, and a general office clerk (possibly even entry level) can get that much, at least here in Southern California.

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M in Hampton, Virginia

75 months ago

It seems OM jobs are going away and they're replacing them with "admin assistant" jobs. Seems like they have opted to use this term to allow companies to pay less. In my area you're LUCKY to make more than $10 an hour in any office job. All the jobs here are in medicine, engineering, or government contracting. Anything else pays dirt. I lost my job in May as an underwriter and I was making 33,500 a year. It seems like it's going to be almost impossible for me to find something similar to that now. :(

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Sally

75 months ago

I concur!! You are ABSOLUTELY correct in your assumption! I might find 1 or maybe 2 'office manager' manager positions advertised in a 3 - 6 month period in job advertisements in my area. (WI)
I take constant abuse every day in my current position of not doing enough, not enough getting done, I can do more yet I do it ALL now! Administration, marketing, sales, HR, accounting, event planning, PR, customer service, etc, etc, etc!
AND I don't get compensated properly for it PLUS I work 60 - 70 hours a week and NO overtime pay because I am salaried!
This position should command a salary of around $60,000 minimum but it isn't even close to that. It is about $20,000 less!
And the worst part is someone else takes all the credit for what I do/accomplish/kill myself for.

Administrative/OM jobs are still paying what they did 10-20 years ago and some even less.

I can't figure out why these jobs are even LESS appreciated/respected/compensated than what they have been in the past yet they just keep piling on even more responsibility/expectations.

It makes absolutely NO sense to me!

The experience/knowledge one has to have to joggle/achieve all of this work/knowledge is unbelievable.

I feel your pain and understand wholeheartedly!

What is the solution?

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LAS in Las Vegas, Nevada

60 months ago

Hi Sally,
I'm in NV and it's happening everywhere I guess. I started out at $27,000 just to get my foot in the door, and the position of Office Manager grew to taking care of the state of NV all locations, but the title as you and any one that works as OM is not just that title. I also was there Safety Manager, Fleet Manager, HR Specialist, Receptionist etc. I had 9 databases on line that the company expected me to maintain like Cell Phones, Fleet, HR, OSHA/ESIS, etc.
I was laid off in July leaving that company finally at $36,000 and 5+ years with them. They replaced me finally with a receptionist that they searched for because I was not suited to step down to that position!!!! You give your heart and soul to a company belive that to get the job done doesn't just end at a 9-5 position, but from 7am-11pm on Fridays because it was not going to happen to you that you'd give up another weekend.
And why did we do this to ourselves and our families because we belived in loyality to a company, because if you gave of yourself, they would then give of themselves...until they think you earn to much money and can hire someone for $10-11 an hour for the same thing, and maybe hire two or three people to replace you.

So if anyone is looking for a go getter that sinks her teeth in to any position she works, contact me please.

Hope your future Sally brightens!

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HOUOffice Manager in Spring, Texas

58 months ago

I was beginning to wonder if there was a problem with me but after reading these posts I see I'm not alone. I am completely devoted to my job and like many of you am expected to be HR, Accounting, Counselor, Caterer, Maintenance, Lean Coordinator, etc, etc but not to ever get overwhelmed, stressed and to be the model of one with great attitude. Then when something is wrong or blame needs to be placed elsewhere instead of my boss -- I'm that person too! Underpaid and under-appreciated.
In many ways, I love my job. I just wish I could juggle all of these duties with ease and little effort (so to speak)and show these male executives and consultants that YES, I CAN do more than they ever thought. If anyone has any advice on being the best OM ever, it would be greatly appreciated!

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Jan in Portland in Portland, Oregon

58 months ago

I've been looking to change jobs too. However, my position title is not Office Manager, but that's essentially what I do. I'm referred to as "Facilities Manager" but since we only lease our space, I really just coordinate services and see that everything is working properly.

I'm the liason for property management, HR, Payroll, accounting (basically - everything that's handled from the corporate office), the EH&S Lead, Site Admin., receptionist (every door is secure - I am first on the call list when visitors arrive) and Purchasing Lead. I used to perform more purchasing duties but that has dwindled significantly since they pushed to put every employee online with the self-purchasing system. Trouble is... when an order goes wrong, no one knows how to remedy it (except me!) I need something more challenging but I feel as though they're (corporate) slowly but surely moving everything away from the site.

Very discouraging that companies are doing away with this much-needed role! :(

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Danny in Chicago, Illinois

56 months ago

I was OM for two different nonprofits. The one position I loved had a staff of about 10 and we were a great team. I was even appreciated. But their budget dwindled and they had to close.

My second OM had a staff of about 25. I found the job overwhelming. I often took work home. The environment was kind of political and not supportive. I hated it. I admit that part of it -- I had not OM'd for such a large staff with such a big turnover and high maintenance needs. I've been out of work for a year.

If I need to work in an office setting again, I'd probaby not do OM. Maybe admin assist.

I'm glad the issue of Office Managing was raised. While I was doing the job, I often thought it would've been helpful if there was some kind of OM collective or support group for OMs. These postings comes close. Let's hear from more.

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anjum007 in Cheyenne, Wyoming

51 months ago

Want to grow on my own abilities in serve on the higher level position and want to work in the challenging environment to become a beneficial employee for the organization.

• Function well in fast paced environment.
• Willing to take on extra responsibilities to get work don.
• Enjoy new challenges.

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Sally in Madison, Wisconsin

15 months ago

I was wondering how everyone is doing with OM positions since this initial post.

I am sad to say that I have not had much luck finding OM positions since I lost my position in 2009.

The economy has been beyond frustrating trying to find work for anyone looking the past 4 years or more.

I firmly believe that an OM position requires a LOT of hands-on experience and hard knocks versus focusing strictly on hiring someone straight out of college or anyone with a degree for that matter.

I would love to hear comments from others out there on how you are doing with/or finding OM positions, salaries and if you have any updated input during this economic downturn.

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