Category Manager Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Category Manager is $72,524 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Purchasing and Contract Negotiation.
Category Manager Total Pay (?
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$45,059 - $104,399
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MEDIAN: $72,524
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Category Manager Total Pay (?
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$10.35 - $40.27
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$45,059 - $104,399  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $19,224  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $10,158  
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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$45,180 - $117,411  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $40.27  
   
Overtime
$6.97 - $31.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,007 - $19,224  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $10,158  
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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$45,180 - $117,411  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,252
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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.
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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.
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$78,000
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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.
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Experience Affects Category Manager Salaries

National Average
$78,000

Skills That Affect Category Manager Salaries

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National Average
$78,000
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Gender
Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
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