Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to around $65K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (36 percent) have been working for one to four years and make about $48K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($85K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Westlake Village, Calif. ($73K), Thousand Oaks, Calif. ($63K), and Sacramento, Calif. (approximately $46K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Texas, where the average salary is around $130K per year.
Retail General Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at approximately $54K annually — though Retail Store Managers and Assistant Store Managers also do fairly well at $43K and $30K, respectively.
Certifications and Degrees
The best paid folks at Guitar Center have a Bachelor's Degree, earning $65K per year.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Hiring; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $55K annually. Customer Service is a popular skill among Guitar Center workers, with slightly less than a fourth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Sales Management, Training, and Merchandising.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in three respondents enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. A 401(k) program is available, and a strong majority of employees use it to save for retirement. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for most workers, and a large number of survey participants report receiving dental coverage as well. Other privileges include a casual working environment, life insurance, gym membership, and a subsidized cell phone.