Category Manager Salary (United States)

Category Managers in the United States can typically expect wages of $79,129 annually. Compensation ranges from $45,340 on the low end to $118,112 per year on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all workers, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 57 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Category Manager Salary (?
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.
)
$45,315 - $104,954
(Median)
45K
59K
73K
90K
100K
MEDIAN: $73,372
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px
Category Manager Salary (?
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.
)
$10.39 - $40.00
(Median)
10
15
25
40
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
25%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,315 - $104,954  
   
Bonus
$1,012 - $19,394  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $10,265  
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).
)
$45,340 - $118,112  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,177
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $40.00  
   
Overtime
$6.95 - $31.66  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,012 - $19,394  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $10,265  
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).
)
$45,340 - $118,112  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
Is Category Manager your job title? Get a personalized salary report!
Location:
United States (change)
Years in Field/Career:

Job Description for Category Manager

A category manager determines the layout of products in a store, using sophisticated demographic data to assess possible product assortment schemes, select an option, ensure the selected scheme is employed, and monitor the scheme's performance. Along with organizing a product assortment scheme, a category manager also creates charts and diagrams so that the company's annual plans are broken down into seasonal and monthly assortment change calendars.
Read More...
Category Manager Tasks
  • Develop annual category plans which include current situation analysis, vision and strategy and specific category plans.
  • Narrow categories and work with suppliers to narrow products supplied to the company.
  • Identify leverage opportunities, work with procurement, negotiate contracts, supply agreements and programs.
  • Manage, improve and recommend the product assortment for the company.
  • Verify plans and provide explanations for variances in budgeted sales and gross profit.

Common Career Paths for Category Manager

Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px   Copy and paste this HTML:
Category Managers usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Category Management Director may bring in a lot more money—an additional $36K annually.

Category Manager Job Listings

Search for more jobs:
job title / company
location

Popular Employer Salaries for Category Manager

Accenture attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $77,020. The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Victoria's Secret, with a median salary of $33,402, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Category Manager

Category Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Purchasing, Negotiation, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 9 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Marketing Communications, Windows Operating System General Use, and Merchandising. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Negotiation and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Category Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Category Managers. Salaries start at $64K, which grows to $82K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $100K. Salaries grow more slowly as Category Managers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

up arrow 33%
up arrow 23%
up arrow 15%
up arrow 11%
up arrow 5%
Los Angeles
up arrow 5%
Seattle
up arrow 4%
Cleveland
up arrow 2%
Philadelphia
up arrow 1%
National Average
$79,000
St. Louis
up arrow 4%
Miami
up arrow 4%
New York
up arrow 8%
Milwaukee
up arrow 17%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Category Managers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta, and Minneapolis, top-paying markets where Category Managers rake in more than the national norm (+23 percent, +15 percent, +11 percent, and +9 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Milwaukee is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in New York and Cincinnati earn less than others in this profession; their -8 percent and -7 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

Category Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Category Manager?
Category Manager in Chicago:
"Groupon is great!"
Pros: Independence, flexibility, office culture and work environment are great!
Cons: Can be quite demanding on your time.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Category Manager Salaries

National Average
$79,000

Skills That Affect Category Manager Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%
Powerpoint
up arrow 2%
Strategic Marketing
up arrow 2%
Strategic Sales
up arrow 1%
Market Research
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Word
0%
National Average
$79,000
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%
Marketing Management
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied Image
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid
Job Title:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
United States (change)
- OR -