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Area Manager, Retail Salary

Median pay for Retail Area Managers in the United States is around $54K per year. With some bonuses approaching $19K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Retail Area Managers spread between $28K and $88K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Area Managers (55 percent) survey respondents. Most Retail Area Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,307 - $80,183
(Median)
$34K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $54,173
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90%

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$9.38 - $18.55
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,307 - $80,183  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,548  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,537  
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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$28,435 - $87,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.38 - $18.55  
   
Overtime
$4.93 - $26.36  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,548  
   
Commission
$198.32 - $22,032  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,537  
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).
)
$28,435 - $87,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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

  • 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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Retail Area Managers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Retail District Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $70K per year. More often than not, a Retail Store Assistant Manager role is the next step for Retail Area Managers moving up in the field. Pay for Retail Store Assistant Managers is usually $32K. Many Retail Area Managers choose to take on an Operations Manager role instead, where salaries are typically $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 47 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Merchandising, Customer Service, 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.


Retail Area Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $51K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $56K. Retail Area Managers bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Retail Area Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $61K.

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Experience Affects Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 47%

Sales Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$56,000

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 6%


Merchandising
up arrow 19%

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
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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