Average Salary for Guitar Center Employees

Based in Westlake Village, Calif.,radio player Guitar Center offers many employment opportunities, including Retail Store Manager and Customer Service Manager positions. The average employee at Guitar Center takes home $42K per year. Guitar Center paychecks are largely negotiated based on your experience level, though your role at the company and your city are also considered. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Westlake Village, California 91362


Radio, Television, and Consumer Electronics Stores

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Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Guitar Center for between five and 10 years earn about $47K annually on average. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $43K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (32 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $63K annually.


The highest paychecks go to Human Resources Managers, who earn an average approximately $97K per year, closely trailed by Retail General Managers (around $62K), Retail Store Managers ($54K), and Assistant Category Managers ($45K). With salaries averaging about $30K, Customer Service Managers are among the lowest paid at Guitar Center.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($92K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Thousand Oaks, Calif. (approximately $67K), Kansas City, Mo. (around $64K), and Austin, Texas ($61K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Atlanta, Ga. at approximately $39K. By state, Guitar Center employees make the most in Missouri, earning $64K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Regarding salaries and education, Guitar Center pays those with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) the most — $60K.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Inventory Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $50K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Guitar Center is Microsoft Excel; just under a third of employees use it for work. Employees also tend to know Customer Service, Leadership, and Training.


With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of Guitar Center's employees who responded to the survey.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to employee benefits, Guitar Center has room for improvement — only a quarter of employees are paid for vacation and sick time. A solid majority of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for most survey participants and dental coverage for a solid majority of workers. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, life insurance, gym membership, and free drinks.

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Key Stats for Guitar Center


21 %
79 %
$47,658 - $91,563
$30,976 - $77,134

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
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10-19 years
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