Area Manager, Retail Salary

For Retail Area Managers, annual average wages total $54K per year. Total cash earnings of Retail Area Managers range from $28K on the low end to $87K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $18K and $13K, respectively. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Area Managers (56 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Retail Area Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a strong majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$33,327 - $84,606
$33K
$54K
$85K
MEDIAN: $53,624
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50%
90%

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$9.96 - $19.61
$10
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $13.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$33,327 - $84,606  
   
Bonus
$491.94 - $17,928  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,913  
Commission
$2,503  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,481 - $87,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $19.61  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$491.94 - $17,928  
   
Commission
$2,503  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,913  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,481 - $87,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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Job Description for Area Manager, Retail

The retail area manager oversees and directs other employees, typically in one section or department of the retail store. This professional handles a number of managerial responsibilities, such as directing workers to perform tasks, assigning individuals to specific areas of the retail space, training new hires, holding interviews for prospective workers, and providing feedback and help for employees as needed. The retail area manager is also responsible for ensuring work in their area of responsibility is completed efficiently, as well as implementing new procedures or methods to increase productivity. They generally reports to the store manager, although they may report to the general manager on occasion (such as a biweekly or monthly basis) to report on how the store is doing, improvements being made, and suggestions for future growth. The retail area manager may be promoted to the store manager, and then further promoted to regional manager, based on performance and how long the employee has been with the company.

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Area Manager, Retail Tasks

  • Direct daily operations of retail stores in a geographic area, monitoring sales, expenditures, and store activities.
  • Hire and train store managers, oversee promotion, transfer, and discipline of employees.
  • Communicate and enforce corporate policies and procedures.
  • Review store budget, sales, and activity reports to evaluate store performance.

Common Career Paths for Area Manager, Retail


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Retail Area Managers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Retail District Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $71K per year. Becoming a Retail Store Assistant Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Retail Area Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Retail Store Assistant Manager is $32K. Another frequent advance is for Retail Area Managers to assume an Operations Manager role; in this role, workers often take home $59K.

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Popular Skills for Area Manager, Retail


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership, People Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 54 percent, 29 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Those listing Inventory Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Retail and Merchandising also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Merchandising and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Area Manager, Retail

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Retail Area Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. On average, Retail Area Managers make $60K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Retail Area Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $64K on average.

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Key Stats for Area Manager, Retail

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Area Manager, Retail Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$53,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Team Leadership
▲54%

People Management
▲29%


Leadership
▲17%

Training Management
▲12%


National Average
$53,000

Recruiting
▼4%


Training
▼6%

▼12%

Retail
▼17%

Inventory Management
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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