Average Salary for Guitar Center Employees

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., Guitar Center offers a range of employment opportunities in the radio, from Retail General Manager to Retail Store Manager. The median salary at Guitar Center is $49K per year. Your city plays the largest role in compensation at Guitar Center, but your experience level and what you do at the company 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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Guitar Center typically pays:
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Employer: Guitar Center
Average Salary Range by Job
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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) (4)
$42,726 - $113,210  
[-]Retail General Manager (GM) (4)
Salary$37,568 - $98,333  
Bonus$1,003 - $17,011  
Total Pay$42,726 - $113,210  
[+]Operations Manager (3)
$28,034 - $64,230  
[+]Operations Manager (3)
Salary$27,380 - $67,543  
Total Pay$28,034 - $64,230  
[+]Retail Store Manager (3)
$36,486 - $80,779  
[+]Retail Store Manager (3)
Salary$34,775 - $71,375  
Bonus$1,080 - $16,598  
Total Pay$36,486 - $80,779  
[+]Retail Sales Associate (3)
$16,117 - $31,781  
[+]Retail Sales Associate (3)
Total Pay$16,117 - $31,781  
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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: 2 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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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 (about $90K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Thousand Oaks, Calif. ($63K), the company's headquarter city of Westlake Village, Calif. ($61K), and Indianapolis, Ind. (approximately $52K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Sacramento, Calif. at $46K. Across Guitar Center's U.S. offices, employees in the state of California earn the most, taking home around $70K per year.

Years of Experience

Average pay is about $62K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $48K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (32 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $72K annually.


The highest average salaries go to Retail General Managers, who bring in close to $54K per year, though Retail Store Managers are not far behind at $43K along with Assistant Store Managers earning $30K.

Certifications and Degrees

Those with an Associate's Degree at Guitar Center come out on top, and their salaries approach approximately $92K annually.


Employees who count SQL among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $81K per year. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under a fourth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Sales Management, Microsoft Excel, and Hiring round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

Guitar Center lets only 36 percent take paid vacation and only one in four respondents take sick leave. A large number of respondents take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Guitar Center sponsors. For a large number of employees, benefits include health insurance, and most respondents get dental coverage, too. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, life insurance, gym membership, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Guitar Center


30 %
70 %
$62,400 - $89,497
$37,253 - $85,312
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 9 votes.
$57,768 - $82,661
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