Area Manager, Retail Salary

Median pay for Retail Area Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $54K per year. Total cash compensation to Retail Area Managers approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $87K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $18K from bonuses and upwards of $13K from profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Area Managers (54 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Retail Area Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,445 - $83,789
$34K
$54K
$84K
MEDIAN: $53,608
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50%
90%

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$10.31 - $20.61
$10
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,445 - $83,789  
   
Bonus
$412.17 - $18,060  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,822  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$29,241 - $86,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $20.61  
   
Overtime
$20.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$412.17 - $18,060  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,822  
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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$29,241 - $86,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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 who move on to become Retail District Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Retail District Managers get paid an average of $71K per year. A Retail Store Assistant Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for Retail Area Managers. Paychecks for that role are $32K on average. The Operations Manager position is another common transition for Retail Area Managers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $59K mark.

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Popular Skills for Area Manager, Retail


Retail Area Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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, 41 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. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Merchandising and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Area Manager, Retail

Pay by Experience for an Area Manager, Retail has a positive trend. An entry-level Area Manager, Retail with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 121 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Area Manager, Retail with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 86 salaries. An experienced Area Manager, Retail which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 105 salaries. An Area Manager, Retail with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 51 salaries.

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Key Stats for Area Manager, Retail

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

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
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Area Manager, Retail Salaries

▲24%

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$53,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Team Leadership
▲54%

People Management
▲41%

Leadership
▲17%


Training Management
▲12%


National Average
$53,000

Recruiting
▼4%


Training
▼6%

▼14%

Retail
▼17%

Inventory Management
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 20%