Average Salary for Guitar Center Employees

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., Guitar Center offers a range of employment opportunities in the radio, from Customer Service Manager to Retail Store Manager. Guitar Center employees bring home $41K per year on average. Your experience level plays the largest role in compensation at Guitar Center, but geography and your job title affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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About This Company

Westlake Village, California 91362


Radio, Television, and Consumer Electronics Stores

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Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Guitar Center for between five and 10 years earn $48K annually on average. The largest fraction of Guitar Center people (32 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $41K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $92K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Thousand Oaks, Calif. (about $71K), Austin, Texas (approximately $61K), and Frederick, Md. ($55K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Sacramento, Calif. — at approximately $46K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of about $64K per year) in Oklahoma.


Retail General Managers earn the highest median pay at $62K annually, followed by Retail Store Managers ($55K), Assistant Category Managers (around $45K), and Expeditors ($41K). Guitar Center hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Customer Service Managers ($30K on average).

Certifications and Degrees

The best paid folks at Guitar Center have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc), earning around $52K per year.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Inventory Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $50K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Guitar Center is Customer Service; just under a third of employees use it for work. Microsoft Excel, Leadership, and People Management round out the set of key employee skills.


Guitar Center's employees who answered the questionnaire are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

The company pays out both vacation time and sick leave for only a quarter of survey participants. A strong majority of employees report contributing to a 401(k). Most workers report having health insurance, and a strong majority of survey participants report having dental coverage. Guitar Center folks also make good use of a casual working environment, life insurance, gym membership, and free drinks.

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Key Stats for Guitar Center


17 %
83 %
$31,058 - $76,468
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
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