What does a Facilities Manager do?

A facilities manager's duties will vary depending on the nature of the organization, but generally entail maintaining the buildings and grounds of an organization, overseeing the upkeep of equipment and supplies, determining and scheduling repairs or renovation projects, and coordinating safety inspections. Facilities managers are in charge of a budget and must negotiate with outside vendors for supplies, repairs, and other measures.

You Don't need to have a specific degree for this position, but a background in building services and engineering, office management, or administration is preferred.

  • Ensure that the facility is fully operational with all utilities functioning properly
  • Schedule and supervise maintenance repair work and assist with checking installation and servicing building equipment
  • Maintain stock levels and parts within budget
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, and assist with energy management
  • Oversee security of buildings and grounds
  • Maintain ongoing communication with contractors, clients, and team
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or equivalent professional level experience
  • 3-5 years of experience in facilities maintenance or equivalent related functions
  • Knowledge of OSHA and other environmental regulations
  • Knowledge of general maintenance methods, operating requirements, and safety precautions related to facilities management
  • Must be a well organized, detail and customer (internal and external) oriented self-starter
  • Srong procurement and negotiation skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Facilities Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$5,500 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $6K
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Facilities Manager Career Path

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New England BiolabsNew England Biolabs
Associate Director, Facilities & Engineering
14 Jul 2021

“life balance culture where I found myself struggling to balance being a good husband/father and focusing on my career.”

Amicus TechnologyAmicus Technology
Facility Manager
10 Jan 2022

“Good payment for your work and recognizes you if you and your work is worth of.”

Facilities Lead
12 Jan 2022

“Large focus on hiring some of the best people in the industry to meet extremely aggressive goals.”

Sterling Medical CorporationSterling Medical Corporation
5 May 2020

“We all work as a team to give the best service possible to our veterans.”

Facilities Manager
5 Oct 2021

“I started as a specialized technician and was encouraged to learn project management elements because I was good at documentation and computers.”

The Perfect WorkoutThe Perfect Workout
Facilities Manager
27 Sep 2019

“This is a very fullfilling job because I get to help others reach their goals and I get to meet SO many amazing people.”

Facilities Coordinator
25 Jul 2019

“I can also work from home if i have extra work and they pay my over time at time and a half which is great.”

Chargeman/Facility Manager
1 Jun 2021

“Its great and good to build up teamwork”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a facilities manager

When working as a facilities manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Customer Service, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Office Software, Excellent Communication and Outlook.

The most similar professions to facilities manager are:
  • Real Estate Manager
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Mechanic

The most common qualifications to become a facilities manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.