Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $50K annually. The greater proportion of employees (42 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of about $46K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $85K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Thousand Oaks, Calif. ($67K), the company's headquarter city of Westlake Village, Calif. ($61K), and Sacramento, Calif. (approximately $46K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Atlanta, Ga.; in fact, at $39K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Across Guitar Center's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Texas earn the most, taking home 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 $54K annually — though Retail Store Managers, Operations Managers, and Customer Service Managers also do fairly well at approximately $44K, about $37K, and $30K, respectively. Earning only approximately $30K on average, Assistant Store Managers make less than most people in the company.
Certifications and Degrees
Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) make the most here, hauling in $75K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Hiring; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $55K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Customer Service; roughly one in four deem it necessary for work. Three more common skills are Training, Leadership, and Sales Management.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Guitar Center gives paid vacation days to 38 percent and sick leave to 29 percent. A strong majority of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. A large number of workers can count on health insurance, and a large number of employees have dental coverage as a benefit. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, gym membership, life insurance, and a subsidized cell phone.