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Office Manager Average Salary in United Kingdom 2020

How much money does an Office Manager make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
80,700 GBP
( 6,720 GBP monthly)


A person working as an Office Manager in United Kingdom typically earns around 80,700 GBP per year. Salaries range from 39,500 GBP (lowest) to 126,000 GBP (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Office Manager
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Office Manager salaries in United Kingdom range from 39,500 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 126,000 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 82,300 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Office Manager(s) are earning less than 82,300 GBP while the other half are earning more than 82,300 GBP. 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 54,800 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 54,800 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Office Manager(s) are earning less than 106,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 106,000 GBP.

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?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United Kingdom Office Manager
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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 46,900 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 60,300 GBP per year, 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 83,100 GBP per year, 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 103,000 GBP per year, 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 110,000 GBP per year, 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 118,000 GBP per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Office Manager average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
46,900 GBP
2 - 5 Years+29%
60,300 GBP
5 - 10 Years+38%
83,100 GBP
10 - 15 Years+24%
103,000 GBP
15 - 20 Years+7%
110,000 GBP
20+ Years+7%
118,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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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.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United Kingdom Office Manager
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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 58,500 GBP per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 67,200 GBP per year, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 90,500 GBP per year, 35% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 114,000 GBP per year, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Office Manager average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

High School
58,500 GBP
Certificate or Diploma+15%
67,200 GBP
Bachelor's Degree+35%
90,500 GBP
Master's Degree+26%
114,000 GBP
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 United Kingdom costs anywhere from 49,700 Pound Sterling(s) to 149,000 Pound Sterling(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 yearly United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

78,700 GBP
82,500 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Office Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

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

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Office Manager(s) in United Kingdom 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 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Office Manager
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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.

United Kingdom / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom
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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 United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom 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.

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% 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 United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
117,000 GBP
Public Sector+4%
122,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Office Manager Salary Trend and Forecast in United Kingdom

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

Salary trends and forecast yearly United Kingdom Office Manager
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Average Salary 2016
71,600 GBP
Average Salary 2017+4%
74,300 GBP
Average Salary 2018+3%
76,400 GBP
Average Salary 2019+2%
77,800 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Office Manager salaries in United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom

39 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 39 GBP. This means that the average Office Manager in United Kingdom earns approximately 39 GBP 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 yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Office Manager is 12% 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 Specialist101,000 GBP+25%
Administrative Aide48,100 GBP-40%
Administrative Analyst74,200 GBP-8%
Administrative Assistant63,900 GBP-21%
Administrative Associate58,900 GBP-27%
Administrative Manager79,700 GBP-1%
Administrative Receptionist55,800 GBP-31%
Board Secretary64,800 GBP-20%
Central Office Operator61,600 GBP-24%
Clerk49,500 GBP-39%
Commercial Administrator84,000 GBP+4%
Commissions Processor74,800 GBP-7%
Conveyancing Secretary66,300 GBP-18%
Document Controller57,300 GBP-29%
Document Management Specialist73,900 GBP-8%
Executive Assistant83,300 GBP+3%
Executive Personal Assistant95,000 GBP+18%
Executive Secretary76,000 GBP-6%
Front Desk Attendant68,200 GBP-15%
Front Desk Coordinator70,700 GBP-12%
Front Desk Manager95,800 GBP+19%
Group Services Manager127,000 GBP+57%
Head Receptionist79,000 GBP-2%
Key Account Assistant83,300 GBP+3%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator46,700 GBP-42%
Leasing Administrator71,900 GBP-11%
Legal Secretary69,100 GBP-14%
Librarian77,900 GBP-3%
Mailroom Manager65,200 GBP-19%
Management Support Secretary78,800 GBP-2%
Master Programme Coordinator105,000 GBP+30%
Medical Receptionist70,700 GBP-12%
Meeting and Event Assistant82,000 GBP+2%
Meeting and Event Manager115,000 GBP+43%
Night Manager91,300 GBP+13%
Office Administrator95,400 GBP+18%
Office Assistant54,500 GBP-32%
Office Manager80,700 GBP+0%
Office Services Coordinator76,700 GBP-5%
Operations Analyst93,400 GBP+16%
Operations Manager114,000 GBP+41%
Personal Assistant75,500 GBP-6%
Planning Assistant74,400 GBP-8%
Process Expert89,500 GBP+11%
Program Coordinator89,100 GBP+10%
Programme Assistant75,800 GBP-6%
Project Administrator103,000 GBP+28%
Project Coordinator113,000 GBP+40%
Reception Team Lead104,000 GBP+29%
Receptionist63,500 GBP-21%
Records Officer57,600 GBP-29%
Schedule Officer54,500 GBP-32%
School Secretary65,900 GBP-18%
Secretary63,800 GBP-21%
Switchboard Operator50,300 GBP-38%
Technical Program Manager109,000 GBP+35%
Technical Project Manager117,000 GBP+45%
Typist47,300 GBP-41%
Wayleave Officer51,900 GBP-36%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen83,300 GBP
Abingdon77,200 GBP
Armagh84,500 GBP
Bangor76,700 GBP
Belfast91,800 GBP
Birmingham94,100 GBP
Bradford91,500 GBP
Brighton91,300 GBP
Bristol90,400 GBP
Cambridge79,700 GBP
Canterbury76,700 GBP
Cardiff88,000 GBP
Chester81,300 GBP
Coventry87,600 GBP
Derby87,400 GBP
Derry76,500 GBP
Dundee83,000 GBP
Durham78,700 GBP
Edinburgh94,500 GBP
Exeter77,000 GBP
Glasgow90,100 GBP
Gloucester78,300 GBP
Hartlepool78,700 GBP
Inverness73,900 GBP
Kingston upon Hull91,800 GBP
Kirkwall73,300 GBP
Leeds89,900 GBP
Leicester89,100 GBP
Lincoln82,300 GBP
Lisburn76,100 GBP
Liverpool96,400 GBP
London91,100 GBP
Manchester91,100 GBP
Newcastle89,300 GBP
Newport82,200 GBP
Newry80,600 GBP
Norwich83,900 GBP
Nottingham85,900 GBP
Oxford82,500 GBP
Peterborough85,500 GBP
Plymouth90,300 GBP
Poole79,100 GBP
Portsmouth84,500 GBP
Ripon74,900 GBP
Salisbury79,400 GBP
Sheffield89,800 GBP
Somerset88,500 GBP
Southampton85,600 GBP
St Davids73,300 GBP
Stirling81,200 GBP
Stromness69,000 GBP
Strontian70,100 GBP
Swansea89,900 GBP
Truro76,000 GBP
Wakefield73,700 GBP
Wells70,900 GBP
Winchester76,000 GBP
Wolverhampton89,000 GBP
York80,300 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England157,000 GBP
Northern Ireland71,800 GBP
Scotland119,000 GBP
Wales76,600 GBP
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