Area Manager, Retail Salary

The average Retail Area Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $54K per year. In the world of Retail Area Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $28K and $86K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Retail Area Managers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Area Managers (55 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,262 - $79,869
(Median)
$34K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,933
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$9.70 - $18.17
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,262 - $79,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,267  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,556  
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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$27,537 - $85,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 321
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $18.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.63  
Overtime
$4.89 - $26.95  
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
$0.00 - $15,267  
   
Commission
$2,503  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,556  
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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$27,537 - $85,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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

  • Communicate and enforce corporate policies and procedures.
  • Review store budget, sales, and activity reports to evaluate store performance.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Area Manager, Retail


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Advancing into a Retail District Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Retail Area Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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


Retail Area Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership, Operations Management, and Training Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 51 percent, 22 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Retail, Merchandising, and Customer Service. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Merchandising.

Pay by Experience Level for Area Manager, Retail

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $53K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Retail Area Managers make a median salary of $59K. Retail Area Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 51%

Operations Management
up arrow 22%

Training Management
up arrow 10%

Sales Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$54,000

People Management
up arrow 5%

Recruiting
up arrow 6%


Merchandising
up arrow 18%

Retail
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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