Business Unit Manager Salary

The majority of Business Unit Managers in the United States — roughly two in three — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $54K to $154K per year, and the median is $92K per year. With some bonuses approaching $27K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $44K, overall incomes of Business Unit Managers spread between $54K and $154K depending on individual performance. Male Business Unit Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Business Unit Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,553 - $136,361

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XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$54,553 - $136,361  
$1,010 - $27,449  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $44,385  
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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).
$54,165 - $154,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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Job Description for Business Unit Manager

A business unit manager oversees a business unit within their organization. They are responsible for preparing a budget, as well as overseeing the creation and preparation of market reports. These reports are used by the manager and the organization at large to determine what resources are needed, how those resources need to be allocated, and how to track expenditures. The business unit manager also works to develop policies, goals, and tactics to achieve the fiscal goals of the business. Because they are responsible for these tasks, the business unit manager must also continually provides oversight to ensure that business plans and budgets are followed; they are also generally authorized to take corrective action if there is deviation from expectations or standards.


Business Unit Manager Tasks

  • Troubleshoot and resolve problems and concerns, documenting root cause and fixes.
  • Create, modify, update, and communicate budgets and strategic goals.
  • Manage and build customer relationships, tracking data and meeting emerging needs.

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Survey results suggest that Business Unit Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Strategic Marketing, Project Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Financial Analysis, People Management, and Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Unit Manager

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Business Unit Managers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $70K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $93K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $110K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $114K.

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Experience Affects Business Unit Manager Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Business Unit Manager Salaries

Budget Management
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Strategic Marketing

National Average

Project Management
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People Management
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Financial Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.


22 %
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%