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Business Unit Manager Salary

An average Business Unit Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $96K per year. Cash earnings for Business Unit Managers — including $28K in bonuses and $30K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $52K to $153K depending on individual performance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority (84 percent) of Business Unit Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$52,882 - $133,857
MEDIAN: $95,791

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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.
$52,882 - $133,857  
$1,932 - $27,549  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $30,410  
$19,442 - $39,663  
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).
$51,854 - $152,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Business Unit Managers who took the survey. Those who have experience with Operations Management, Project Management, and Sales can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sales, Project Management, and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Unit Manager

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

For many Business Unit Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $63K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $106K. Business Unit Managers bring in $112K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $123K.

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Experience Affects Business Unit Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Business Unit Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


16 %
84 %

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: 66% employee benefits None: 5%