Area Manager, Retail Salary

Retail Area Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K per year. Final cash compensation to Retail Area Managers varies from around $28K to approximately $87K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $17K and $5K, respectively. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women Retail Area Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,547 - $80,943

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$8.94 - $18.12

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,547 - $80,943  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,113  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,068  
Commission
$198.32 - $22,032  
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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$27,841 - $86,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$8.94 - $18.12  
   
Overtime
$4.89 - $26.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,113  
   
Commission
$198.32 - $22,032  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$27,841 - $86,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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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Many Retail Area Managers move into a Retail District Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $70K per year. Given that the median pay is $32K, it may be surprising to find that a Retail Store Assistant Manager is the most common role for Retail Area Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Operations Manager role — which pays $59K — is also typical for Retail Area Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Retail Area Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Team Leadership command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 48 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Recruiting, Customer Service, and People Management. Sales Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Area Manager, Retail

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Retail Area Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $51K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Retail Area Managers make a median salary of $59K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $60K.

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Experience Affects Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 48%

Sales Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Merchandising
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Operations Management
up arrow 3%

People Management
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Recruiting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 17%
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