Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $43K per year. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $47K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (32 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $63K per year on average.
Human Resources Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of about $97K annually; Retail General Managers come in second with average earnings amounting to around $62K, while Retail Store Managers and Assistant Category Managers rank near the top as well ($54K and $45K, respectively). With salaries averaging $30K, Customer Service Managers are among the lowest paid at Guitar Center.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $92K per year) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Thousand Oaks, Calif. (around $67K), Kansas City, Mo. ($64K), and Austin, Texas (approximately $61K) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta, Ga. is near the bottom for pay at around $39K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Missouri pays Guitar Center the most — $64K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Guitar Center workers who hold an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) are also well compensated, earning approximately $60K on average.
Employees who count Inventory Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $50K per year. Microsoft Excel is regularly seen around here; slightly less than a third of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Other skills in demand are Customer Service, Leadership, and Training.
With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of Guitar Center's employees who responded to the survey.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to employee benefits, Guitar Center has room for improvement — only one in four respondents are paid for vacation and sick time. A strong majority of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. At Guitar Center, a fair number of employees have health insurance, and a strong majority of workers have dental coverage. Some other perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, gym membership, and free drinks.