Area Manager, Retail Salary

An average Retail Area Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $53K annually. Overall cash earnings for Retail Area Managers stretch from $30K on the lower end to $81K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $16K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Some workers in this field — close to a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. For the most part, Retail Area Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,914 - $79,475
$34K
$53K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,933
10%
50%
90%

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$10.84 - $22.95
$11
$14
$23
MEDIAN: $13.95
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50%
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$0$81K
Salary $33,914 - $79,475
Bonus $412.17 - $15,893
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,213
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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$29,604 - $81,287
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 261
Hourly Data $0$22
Hourly Rate $10.84 - $22.95
Hourly Tips $2.50
Overtime $20.94
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $412.17 - $15,893
Commission $5,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,213
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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$29,604 - $81,287
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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 often transition into Retail District Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Retail District Managers earn $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 seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in 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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Q: What is it like working as an Area Manager, Retail?

Area Manager, Retail in Anchorage:
"Amazingly Awesome."
Pros: Celebrating with my team and customers.
Cons: Dealing with theft.

Area Manager, Retail in Salt Lake City:
"Unpleasant."
Pros:
Cons: The position is very restrictive, repetitive, unappreciative, impersonal, low salary and no benefits.

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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 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%
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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 58 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 20%
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