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Average Salary for Guitar Center Employees

The average Guitar Center employee earns $46K annually. The most important factor affecting pay for Guitar Center employees is how long you've been working, though your city plays a role as well. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

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.
[-]Customer Service Associate (2)
$13,631 - $30,293  
[-]Customer Service Associate (2)
Total Pay$13,631 - $30,293  
[+]Sales Associate (2)
$13,930 - $23,788  
[+]Sales Associate (2)
Total Pay$13,930 - $23,788  
[+]Retail Sales Associate (2)
$15,902 - $28,187  
[+]Retail Sales Associate (2)
Total Pay$15,902 - $28,187  
[+]Retail General Manager (GM) (2)
$41,690 - $88,836  
[+]Retail General Manager (GM) (2)
Salary$36,883 - $66,357  
Bonus$1,587 - $23,934  
Total Pay$41,690 - $88,836  
 Precise Range (?
XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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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: 7 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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Guitar Center Details

Westlake Village, California 91362


Radio, Television, and Consumer Electronics Stores

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Years of Experience

Those who stay for at least five years earn noticeably more; average salaries at that point reach $73K. On the whole, the greater proportion of employees (45 percent) have a tenure of one to four years and bring home about $50K per year.


Residents of Los Angeles pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $90K annually; other top-paying cities include Frederick (approximately $79K) and the company's headquarter city of Westlake Village (around $61K). U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Maryland; salaries there average to $79K per year.


Earning approximately $53K on average, Retail General Managers receive the most money.

Certifications and Degrees

Guitar Center compensates Associate's Degree-holders the most at $96K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Data Analysis; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $82K. Microsoft Excel is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; approximately one-fifth of Guitar Center's people use it regularly. Customer Service, Sales Management, and Hiring were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

Two-fifths of workers — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. The greater part of workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a solid majority of workers, and a strong majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. The list of perks also includes a casual working environment, life insurance, gym membership, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats

38 %
62 %
$62,400 - $86,954
$30,829 - $88,437
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

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