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Become A Facilities Manager

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Working As A Facilities Manager

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $99,920

    Average Salary

What Does A Facilities Manager Do

A Facilities Manager ensures that the security, maintenance, and services of work facilities meet the needs of the organization and its employees. They oversee building projects, renovations, and refurbishments, as well as manage budgets and ensure cost-effectiveness.

How To Become A Facilities Manager

Educational requirements vary by the type of organization and the work performed. Administrative services managers must have related work experience.


A bachelor’s degree is typically required for someone to become an administrative services manager. However, some jobseekers may be able to enter the occupation with a high school diploma. Those with a bachelor’s degree typically study business, engineering, facility management, or information management.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The International Facility Management Association offers a competency-based professional certification program for administrative services managers. Completing this program may give prospective job candidates an advantage. The program has two levels: the Facilities Management Professional (FMP) certification and the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) certification. People entering the profession can get the FMP as a steppingstone to the CFM. For the CFM, applicants must meet certain educational and experience requirements. The CFM must be renewed every 3 years by completing continuing education and professional development requirements.

For records and information managers, the Institute of Certified Records Managers offers the Certified Records Manager (CRM) certification. For those specializing in information governance, ARMA International offers the Information Governance Professional (IGP) certification.

Work Experience

Administrative services managers must have related work experience reflecting managerial and leadership abilities. For example, contract administrators need experience in purchasing and sales, as well as knowledge of the variety of supplies, machinery, and equipment that their organization uses. Managers who are concerned with supply, inventory, and distribution should be experienced in receiving, warehousing, packaging, shipping, transportation, and related operations.


Advancement of facility managers is based on the practices and size of individual organizations. Some facility managers transfer among departments within an organization or work their way up from technical positions. Others advance through a progression of facility management positions that offer additional responsibilities. Advancement is easier in large organizations that employ several levels and types of administrative services managers.

A master’s degree in business administration or a related field can enhance a manager’s opportunities to advance to a higher level position, such as director of administrative services. Some experienced managers may join or establish a management consulting firm to provide administrative management services to other organizations on a contract basis.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrative services managers must be able to review an organization’s procedures and find ways to improve efficiency.

Communication skills. Much of an administrative services manager’s time is spent working with other people. Therefore, communication is a key quality.

Detail oriented. Administrative services managers must pay attention to details. This quality is necessary across a range of tasks, from ensuring that the organization complies with building codes to managing the process of buying equipment.

Leadership skills. In managing workers and coordinating administrative duties, administrative services managers must be able to motivate employees and deal with issues that may arise.

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Facilities Manager Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Carrier

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Dakota

  • Japanese

  • Polish

  • Korean

  • Ukrainian

  • Cantonese

  • Hindi

  • Greek

  • Urdu

  • Dutch

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Real Facilities Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Facilities Manager Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 25, 2011 $305,567
Project Facilities Manager Noble Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 17, 2011 $207,000
Facilities Manager GE Medical Systems, LLC Waukesha, WI Sep 30, 2012 $130,000 -
Facility Manager The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Feb 01, 2012 $126,750
Manager, Facilities Verisign Reston, VA May 28, 2016 $117,331
Manager, Facilities Verisign, Inc. Reston, VA May 28, 2015 $112,818
Facilities Manager Israel Discount Bank of New York New York, NY Jan 04, 2010 $110,000
Facility Manager Quality Therapy & Consultation, Inc. Orland Park, IL Feb 26, 2015 $109,304
Manager, Facilities Verisign, Inc. Reston, VA May 28, 2014 $109,017
Facility Manager Progress Rail Services Corporation Tacoma, WA Aug 10, 2012 $107,500
National Facilities Manager H&O Nestle Waters North America, Inc. Elmsford, NY Sep 28, 2016 $105,000 -
Manager, Facilities Verisign, Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA May 28, 2011 $101,118
Facility Manager 2 Caterpillar Inc. Seguin, TX Feb 02, 2016 $81,684
Cell Culture Facility Manager, Biofoundry Berkeley Lights, Inc. Emeryville, CA Apr 04, 2016 $80,059 -
Facilities Manager MDM Hotel Group Ltd/Miami Dadeland Marriott Hotel Miami, FL Nov 20, 2007 $80,000
Site Facility Manager Emcor Facilities Services, Inc. Lexington, SC Sep 02, 2015 $80,000
TEM Facility Manager North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Mar 10, 2014 $80,000
Site Facility Manager Viox Services, Inc. Lexington, SC Sep 17, 2014 $80,000
Subacute Care and Rehab Facility Manager Heritage Care, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Jul 12, 2015 $79,539
Plant & Facilities Manager National Beef Packing Company, LLC Saint Joseph, MO Jun 01, 2010 $78,770
Facilities Manager Arauz II Body Shop, Corp. Miami, FL Mar 03, 2016 $61,610
Facility Rehabilitation Manager TAWL Health Care Inc. Houston, TX Sep 24, 2011 $60,632
Manager Facility Ambrose Facilities Management Inc. Boynton Beach, FL Oct 01, 2011 $60,523
Equine Facility Manager (Farm Manager) H2J, Inc. Snowmass Village, CO Aug 31, 2009 $60,000
Equine Facility Manager (Animal Scientist) H2J, Inc. Carbondale, CO Sep 01, 2009 $60,000
Research Associate/MRI Facility MGR Kennedy Krieger Institute Baltimore, MD Apr 01, 2011 $60,000
Equine Facility Manager (Animal Scientist) H2J, Inc. Carbondale, CO Sep 15, 2009 $60,000
Equine Facility Manager (Farm Manager) H2J, Inc. Snowmass Village, CO Aug 17, 2009 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Facilities Manager


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Top Facilities Manager Skills

  1. Facility Maintenance
  2. Safety Program
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed machine shop set up and operation that provided facility maintenance and operations.
  • Established a site safety program including emergency preparedness, daily safety guidelines, and ergonomic purchasing/evaluation standards.
  • Develop and follow design control procedures for new and existing hardware/software projects per FDA regulations and ISO standards.
  • Budgeted and foretasted all facilities service contracts.
  • Operated & maintained boilers & steam distribution, chillers & pumping systems, HVAC systems.

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