The 10 States With The Highest Office Manager Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Missouri
  4. Tennessee
  5. Iowa
  6. Illinois
  7. Washington
  8. Georgia
  9. Delaware
  10. Indiana

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for office managers from the 2018 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 $62560, so our index value would be:

$62,560 * (100 / 135.9) = $46,033

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 $65,689 $59,580 90.7
2 Michigan $64,640 $57,530 89.0
3 Missouri $63,938 $57,800 90.4
4 Tennessee $63,310 $56,600 89.4
5 Iowa $62,604 $56,970 91.0
6 Illinois $62,547 $59,170 94.6
7 Washington $61,967 $65,190 105.2
8 Georgia $61,859 $56,540 91.4
9 Delaware $61,834 $62,700 101.4
10 Indiana $61,687 $55,210 89.5
11 Minnesota $61,577 $62,070 100.8
12 Virginia $60,704 $61,190 100.8
13 Ohio $60,628 $56,870 93.8
14 Oklahoma $60,403 $53,880 89.2
15 Colorado $60,308 $62,600 103.8
16 Pennsylvania $59,960 $60,800 101.4
17 Kansas $59,911 $53,860 89.9
18 Nebraska $59,519 $54,520 91.6
19 Alabama $59,243 $54,030 91.2
20 North Carolina $59,169 $55,560 93.9
21 Wyoming $58,812 $53,990 91.8
22 Wisconsin $57,665 $55,820 96.8
23 Florida $56,642 $55,680 98.3
24 Utah $56,419 $52,470 93.0
25 Kentucky $56,132 $50,800 90.5
26 Arkansas $56,084 $48,850 87.1
27 Idaho $55,917 $51,500 92.1
28 New Mexico $55,886 $53,930 96.5
29 Arizona $55,785 $54,670 98.0
30 North Dakota $55,432 $55,100 99.4
31 Mississippi $54,714 $47,000 85.9
32 New York $54,022 $70,770 131.0
33 Montana $53,343 $53,770 100.8
34 South Carolina $53,114 $52,690 99.2
35 Connecticut $52,310 $66,800 127.7
36 Louisiana $52,067 $49,360 94.8
37 Rhode Island $51,764 $62,480 120.7
38 New Jersey $51,607 $62,910 121.9
39 Nevada $51,442 $53,140 103.3
40 New Hampshire $50,444 $59,020 117.0
41 West Virginia $49,946 $46,650 93.4
42 Maryland $49,944 $62,680 125.5
43 Alaska $49,908 $65,430 131.1
44 Oregon $49,826 $57,600 115.6
45 Vermont $48,918 $59,240 121.1
46 Massachusetts $48,395 $64,560 133.4
47 South Dakota $47,251 $49,000 103.7
48 Maine $46,480 $51,500 110.8
49 California $46,033 $62,560 135.9
50 Hawaii $34,699 $58,260 167.9
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