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Average Salary for Guitar Center Employees

Westlake Village, Calif.-based Guitar Center hires for positions ranging from Retail General Manager to Retail Store Manager in the radio. A salary of $48K per year is the median rate at Guitar Center. Geography plays the largest role in compensation at Guitar Center, but your experience level and your role at the company affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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 ($85K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Westlake Village, Calif. ($65K), Thousand Oaks, Calif. (approximately $63K), and Indianapolis, Ind. (about $52K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Sacramento, Calif. — at around $46K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, the highest pay levels are found in California, where the average Guitar Center employee makes $65K per year.

Years of Experience

Average pay is approximately $60K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $52K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (32 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $72K annually on average.


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 around $43K along with Assistant Store Managers earning $30K.

Certifications and Degrees

At Guitar Center, employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree receive the highest salaries at approximately $65K.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Hiring among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $55K annually. Folks here also tend to know Customer Service; on the survey, just under one in four of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Many workers usually know Sales Management, Training, and Merchandising as well.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at Guitar Center can sometimes lack paid time off; one in three respondents get paid vacation days, and one in four survey participants receive paid sick leave. A large number of survey participants take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Guitar Center sponsors. Health insurance is part of the package for a large number of employees, and for a large number of workers, dental coverage is 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


28 %
72 %
$61,042 - $90,260
$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.
$51,388 - $84,949
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