Area Manager, Retail Salary

Average Retail Area Managers in the United States make around $54K per year. Cash earnings for Retail Area Managers — including $17K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $28K to $87K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Retail Area Managers. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,527 - $80,101
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,812
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$9.00 - $18.00
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,527 - $80,101  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,609  
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 - $86,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $18.00  
   
Overtime
$4.93 - $26.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,609  
   
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 - $86,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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 $70K per year. As Retail Area Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Retail Store Assistant Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $32K. Another common career choice for Retail Area Managers is to move into an Operations Manager role — this promotion usually pays $59K.

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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 49 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Merchandising, and People Management. Competency in Customer Service frequently indicates knowledge of Sales Management.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $50K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $54K on average. Retail Area Managers see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Retail Area Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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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
up arrow 49%

Sales Management
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National Average
$55,000

Operations Management
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People Management
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Merchandising
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 17%
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