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.