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Office Manager Average Salary in Portugal 2020

How much money does an Office Manager make in Portugal?

Average Monthly Salary
3,120 EUR
( 37,500 EUR yearly)


A person working as an Office Manager in Portugal typically earns around 3,120 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,530 EUR (lowest) to 4,880 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Office Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Office Manager Salary Distribution in Portugal

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Office Manager salaries in Portugal range from 1,530 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 4,880 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,190 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Office Manager(s) are earning less than 3,190 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,190 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Office Manager(s) are earning less than 2,120 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,120 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Office Manager(s) are earning less than 4,110 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,110 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Office Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Office Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Office Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,820 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,330 EUR per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,220 EUR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Office Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,990 EUR per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 4,270 EUR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 4,560 EUR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Office Manager average salary change by experience in Portugal

0 - 2 Years
1,820 EUR
2 - 5 Years+29%
2,330 EUR
5 - 10 Years+38%
3,220 EUR
10 - 15 Years+24%
3,990 EUR
15 - 20 Years+7%
4,270 EUR
20+ Years+7%
4,560 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Office Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Office Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Office Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Office Manager is 2,270 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,600 EUR per month, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,500 EUR per month, 35% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 4,410 EUR per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Office Manager average salary difference by education level in Portugal

High School
2,270 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+15%
2,600 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+35%
3,500 EUR
Master's Degree+26%
4,410 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Portugal costs anywhere from 24,300 Euro(s) to 72,800 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Office Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Portugal Office Manager
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Office Manager employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

3,030 EUR
3,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Office Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

How much are annual salary increments in Portugal for Office Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Office Manager(s) in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Portugal / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Portugal for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Office Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Portugal

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Portugal Office Manager
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An Office Manager is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Office Manager employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
4,730 EUR
Public Sector+6%
5,010 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Office Manager Salary Trend and Forecast in Portugal

How are Office Manager salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
2,770 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
2,880 EUR
Average Salary 2018+3%
2,960 EUR
Average Salary 2019+2%
3,010 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Office Manager salaries in Portugal are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Office Manager Average Hourly Wage in Portugal

18 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 18 EUR. This means that the average Office Manager in Portugal earns approximately 18 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Office Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Office Manager and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Portugal
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The average salary for Office Manager is 7% more than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist4,190 EUR+34%
Administrative Aide1,800 EUR-42%
Administrative Analyst2,910 EUR-7%
Administrative Assistant2,480 EUR-21%
Administrative Associate2,430 EUR-22%
Administrative Manager2,930 EUR-6%
Administrative Receptionist2,350 EUR-25%
Board Secretary2,450 EUR-22%
Central Office Operator2,350 EUR-25%
Clerk1,900 EUR-39%
Commercial Administrator3,480 EUR+11%
Commissions Processor3,050 EUR-2%
Conveyancing Secretary2,640 EUR-16%
Document Controller2,210 EUR-29%
Document Management Specialist3,060 EUR-2%
Executive Assistant3,300 EUR+6%
Executive Personal Assistant3,390 EUR+8%
Executive Secretary3,010 EUR-4%
Front Desk Attendant2,700 EUR-14%
Front Desk Coordinator2,680 EUR-14%
Front Desk Manager3,540 EUR+13%
Group Services Manager4,880 EUR+56%
Head Receptionist3,090 EUR-1%
Key Account Assistant3,140 EUR+0%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator1,760 EUR-44%
Leasing Administrator2,900 EUR-7%
Legal Secretary2,590 EUR-17%
Librarian2,930 EUR-6%
Mailroom Manager2,570 EUR-18%
Management Support Secretary3,090 EUR-1%
Master Programme Coordinator4,170 EUR+33%
Medical Receptionist2,820 EUR-10%
Meeting and Event Assistant3,050 EUR-2%
Meeting and Event Manager4,490 EUR+44%
Night Manager3,370 EUR+8%
Office Administrator3,600 EUR+15%
Office Assistant1,950 EUR-38%
Office Manager3,120 EUR-0%
Office Services Coordinator2,850 EUR-9%
Operations Analyst3,660 EUR+17%
Operations Manager4,670 EUR+49%
Personal Assistant3,060 EUR-2%
Planning Assistant2,860 EUR-8%
Process Expert3,780 EUR+21%
Program Coordinator3,440 EUR+10%
Programme Assistant2,860 EUR-8%
Project Administrator3,960 EUR+27%
Project Coordinator4,220 EUR+35%
Reception Team Lead4,140 EUR+32%
Receptionist2,560 EUR-18%
Records Officer2,170 EUR-31%
Schedule Officer2,060 EUR-34%
School Secretary2,450 EUR-22%
Secretary2,430 EUR-22%
Switchboard Operator2,070 EUR-34%
Technical Program Manager4,330 EUR+39%
Technical Project Manager4,390 EUR+40%
Typist1,840 EUR-41%
Wayleave Officer2,090 EUR-33%

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CityAverage Salary
Funchal3,040 EUR
Lisbon3,550 EUR
Porto3,340 EUR
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