Average Salary for Guitar Center Employees

Operating out of Westlake Village, Calif., radio sector company Guitar Center employs talent in positions ranging from Assistant Store Manager to Retail General Manager. The average Guitar Center employee earns $46K per year. For the most part, employee paychecks at Guitar Center fluctuate depending on your city; your experience level and your job title also matter, but to a lesser degree. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Guitar Center typically pays:
below market

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Employer: Guitar Center
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Retail General Manager (GM) (2)
$43,719 - $91,100  
[-]Retail General Manager (GM) (2)
Salary$37,379 - $67,333  
Bonus$1,532 - $24,535  
Total Pay$43,719 - $91,100  
[+]Assistant Store Manager (2)
$18,531 - $49,763  
[+]Assistant Store Manager (2)
Salary$22,849 - $48,463  
Total Pay$18,531 - $49,763  
[+]Department Manager, Retail Store (2)
$17,702 - $38,334  
[+]Department Manager, Retail Store (2)
Commission$354.63 - $8,102  
Total Pay$17,702 - $38,334  
[+]Retail Sales Associate (2)
$16,162 - $28,209  
[+]Retail Sales Associate (2)
Total Pay$16,162 - $28,209  
 Precise Range (?
XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
)     Estimated Range (?
XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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About This Company

Westlake Village, California 91362


Radio, Television, and Consumer Electronics Stores

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($90K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles; Frederick (about $79K), the company's headquarter city of Westlake Village ($60K), and Indianapolis (around $52K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Maryland, where the average salary is $79K per year.

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $65K. A typical employee has one to four years of experience and earns $49K annually.


The highest average salaries go to Retail General Managers, who bring in close to approximately $53K, though Assistant Store Managers are not far behind at $30K.

Certifications and Degrees

Guitar Center workers who hold an Associate's Degree are also well compensated, earning $96K on average.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Data Analysis among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $81K. Sales Management is regularly seen around here; just under one in five of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Three more common skills are Customer Service, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Relationship Management.

Benefits and Perks

Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just 38 percent. The greater part of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Perks cover health insurance for a solid majority of workers and dental coverage for a strong majority of workers. Perks also include a casual working environment, life insurance, gym membership, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Guitar Center


36 %
64 %
$61,042 - $87,455
$39,149 - $88,437
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Rated 3 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
$40,693 - $79,839

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