April 24, 2007 -- From testing phone lines to picking up the boss's dog, most office managers are doing the work of 10 regular employees, a recent national survey by Staples found.

In a survey of 8,000 office managers at small businesses nationwide, more than half said they were covering customer relations, IT support, human resources, administrative duties, promotions, and accounting, among other workplace duties.

Other tasks cited by respondents included customer service manager, purchasing manager, housekeeping manager, and workplace psychologist.

Although the current median salary for office managers is $53,654.53, a composite salary calculated by Salary.com based on all duties they typically perform is closer to $90,000, the survey said.

"They're performing an extraordinary range of duties to keep their small businesses running," John Giusti, vice president of Staples Business Directory, said in a statement.

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Published on: Apr 24, 2007