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Area Manager, Retail Salary (United States)

Retail Area Managers in the United States take home an average $53K per year. Total cash compensation to Retail Area Managers bottoms out near $29K and approaches $86K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $16K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Area Managers (55 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Area Manager, Retail Salary (?
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$33,907 - $78,764
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MEDIAN: $52,827
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Area Manager, Retail Salary (?
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$9.78 - $22.69
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,907 - $78,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,726  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,128  
Commission
$-0.50 - $22,538  
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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$29,414 - $85,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $22.69  
   
Overtime
$5.00 - $26.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,726  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $22,538  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,128  
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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$29,414 - $85,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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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Though some Retail Area Managers move into positions like Retail District Manager (where the average salary is $70K), this progression is not the norm. Going from Retail Area Manager to Retail Store Assistant Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Retail Store Assistant Managers is $32K. Many others choose to work as Operations Managers, where pay is typically $58K.

Area Manager, Retail Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as Retail Area Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 46 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service and Operations Management. Many workers who know Customer Service also know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Area Manager, Retail

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. Retail Area Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Retail Area Managers report making only $58K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$55,000
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For Retail Area Managers, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Retail Area Managers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+9 percent) and Houston (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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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
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National Average
$55,000
Operations Management
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 15%