These Are The 10 States With The Highest Office Manager Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do office managers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for office managers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for office managers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for office managers after this adjustment? That would be First-Line Supervisors Of Office And Administrative Support Workers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. Michigan
  3. Georgia
  4. Missouri
  5. Tennessee
  6. Illinois
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Delaware
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Virginia

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for office managers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $61090, so our index value would be:

$61,090 * (100 / 135.9) = $44,952

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for office managers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Office Manager Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $68,059 $61,730 90.7
2 Michigan $62,247 $55,400 89.0
3 Georgia $62,242 $56,890 91.4
4 Missouri $61,969 $56,020 90.4
5 Tennessee $61,946 $55,380 89.4
6 Illinois $60,317 $57,060 94.6
7 Oklahoma $59,417 $53,000 89.2
8 Delaware $58,974 $59,800 101.4
9 Pennsylvania $58,925 $59,750 101.4
10 Virginia $58,700 $59,170 100.8
11 Alabama $58,519 $53,370 91.2
12 Indiana $58,379 $52,250 89.5
13 Iowa $58,197 $52,960 91.0
14 Colorado $57,938 $60,140 103.8
15 Minnesota $57,876 $58,340 100.8
16 North Carolina $57,710 $54,190 93.9
17 Ohio $57,484 $53,920 93.8
18 Washington $57,433 $60,420 105.2
19 Kansas $56,863 $51,120 89.9
20 North Dakota $56,790 $56,450 99.4
21 Utah $56,666 $52,700 93.0
22 Wisconsin $55,826 $54,040 96.8
23 Florida $55,534 $54,590 98.3
24 Nebraska $55,480 $50,820 91.6
25 Arkansas $55,304 $48,170 87.1
26 Wyoming $55,000 $50,490 91.8
27 Kentucky $54,850 $49,640 90.5
28 Mississippi $54,086 $46,460 85.9
29 Arizona $53,663 $52,590 98.0
30 New Mexico $52,880 $51,030 96.5
31 Idaho $52,497 $48,350 92.1
32 Nevada $51,761 $53,470 103.3
33 Louisiana $51,329 $48,660 94.8
34 New York $51,290 $67,190 131.0
35 South Carolina $51,260 $50,850 99.2
36 Montana $51,041 $51,450 100.8
37 New Jersey $50,680 $61,780 121.9
38 Alaska $50,389 $66,060 131.1
39 Connecticut $50,046 $63,910 127.7
40 Vermont $49,083 $59,440 121.1
41 Maryland $48,645 $61,050 125.5
42 Rhode Island $48,550 $58,600 120.7
43 West Virginia $48,115 $44,940 93.4
44 Oregon $48,114 $55,620 115.6
45 New Hampshire $47,811 $55,940 117.0
46 Massachusetts $46,919 $62,590 133.4
47 South Dakota $46,663 $48,390 103.7
48 California $44,952 $61,090 135.9
49 Maine $44,512 $49,320 110.8
50 Hawaii $32,906 $55,250 167.9
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