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How much do property managers make?

Written By Urban Real Estate Center
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2022 •

How much do property managers make?

The answer, as with many things, is "it depends." Property management companies vary greatly, and a lot depends on the nature of the agreement. What are your expectations of a property manager?


A property owner's agreement with a property management firm is a delegation contract. A property owner may only choose to transfer certain responsibilities and roles to a property manager while being actively involved in other areas. Another owner might like to be almost completely hands-off.


Also, the cost of property management services varies depending on the location, the type of property, and the projected man-hours involved. 


This article provides information about property managers' salaries as well as other related information. 

What is a property manager's job description?

From leases to maintenance, property managers monitor and manage all elements of rental property operations. Take a look at the list of regular daily tasks that a property manager handles below.

1. Property marketing and listing on rental websites. 

2. Interacting with potential tenants and organising screening sessions with them. 

3. Renewing lease and retaining tenants. 

4. Providing customer service. 

5. Performing basic accounting tasks. 

6. Collection of rent and late fees payment. 

7. Prepares and files rents and manages any upcoming eviction processes. 

8. Resolving conflicts and managing problematic tenants. 

9. Carrying out moving in and out inspection. 

10. Getting vendors for repair and maintenance needs. 


Average property manager salary

As earlier stated and as with any profession, a property manager or assistant property manager's salary varies according to location and expertise. Property managers in the United States, for instance, earn an average of $55,380 a year, and the industry is growing. 


Furthermore, due to a greater cost of living and increased demand for experienced specialists to manage an expanding market, property managers in Washington DC make even more on average.


While the term "Property Manager" is very popular, there are other roles in the industry that are closely related. Property management is just one of many aspects of real estate. As a result, several support roles and positions exist that act as a liaison between property owners and tenants.


If you want to work in property management but don't have any experience, these support roles could be a good place to start.


The diagram below shows how their salaries stack up across some regions in the United States. 

Source: Bay Property Management Group 


How to become a property manager

Whether you want to work for an established company or start your own, acquiring as much experience as possible is crucial. In other words, just like many other professions, there is a standard path that people can follow to move through the ranks.


As a result, they will receive all of the necessary experience and knowledge to become a successful and effective property manager.


One way to kickstart your promising property manager career is to acquire the skills that are essential for property management. Some of these skills are:


1. Vendor management 

2. Scheduling

3. MS Office qualification 

4. Collection management 

5. Budget management 

6. Lease agreements

7. Great customer service 

8. Coordinating skills

9. Property management experience 

10. Excellent communication skills 


In addition, getting professional certifications is also key. Take a look at our list of professional skills and certifications for property managers. 


1. National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP)

2. Certified Apartment Manager (CAM)

3. Certified Property Manager (CPM)

4. Master Property Manager (MPM)


After acquiring these skills and certifications, you must list them on your resume to stand a better chance at employment. 


You can check out these sites to look for project management jobs. 



Property management could be an exciting career, whether you pursue industry certifications or rely primarily on trustworthy experience. 


What to look out for when hiring a property manager

The contract language is very important. Check the contract to see how you'll pay the manager. Is it stated in the contract that you would pay them from "rental value" or "rent due"? Will you pay them out of your "rent collected" account? There is a significant difference. A property management business that is only paid a percentage of the rent collected has a strong incentive to perform well.


A property manager who is paid from rent revenue expects to get paid by the property owner even if the property is vacant or the tenant is running late on rent. But you as a landlord would want to pay your manager from the rent that has been collected. That is, if the manager charges a 10% monthly fee and the rent is $1,000, you will receive $900 per month, and if this is the case, your manager will not send you any payment if there is no tenant or if the tenant is late on rent. 


In essence, hiring a property manager is establishing a partnership. In the end, the fees are less essential than the quality of service provided by your management and the relationship between you and the manager. For example, a professional firm can handle property maintenance and end up getting you far more rental income and price appreciation than you believed possible. However, you must be willing to offer them the necessary resources.



Hiring a property manager will most likely depend on two things: time and money. If a landlord believes that managing his or her property is too demanding and that he or she can afford the cost of a property manager, that may be the best option. 


Professional property management, on the other hand, maybe too expensive for landlords who prefer hands-on management of rental properties within a manageable distance to oversee and have the time and expertise to devote. 


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