Category Manager Salary

Median pay for Category Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $76K annually. With some bonuses approaching $19K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Category Managers spread between $46K and $121K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Category Managers making up 58 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Category Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$46,989 - $110,283

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$10.14 - $39.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,989 - $110,283  
   
Bonus
$996 - $19,272  
Profit Sharing
$935 - $10,400  
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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$46,297 - $120,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $39.89  
   
Overtime
$6.98 - $31.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$996 - $19,272  
   
Profit Sharing
$935 - $10,400  
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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$46,297 - $120,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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.

Common Career Paths for Category Manager


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Category Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Category Management Director, where median compensation is $113K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Category Manager


Accenture offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $77K.

Known for its small paychecks, Victoria's Secret actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $38K — less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Popular Skills for Category Manager


Survey results imply that Category Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Sourcing, Project Management, Contract Negotiation, and Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Merchandising, Marketing Management, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in 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.


Category Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $84K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Category Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Category Managers, 28 percent higher than the national average. Category Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+22 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in New York and Cincinnati (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Category Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Category Manager at Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC?

Category Manager in Tigard:
"Good place to work."
Pros: Had a great leadership development program. Also learned a lot and was able to switch roles after a couple of years to an analyst which I have enjoyed even more.
Cons: Not always happy with the compensation that is given.

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
$81,000


Skills That Affect Category Manager Salaries

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Data Analysis
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Market Research
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Purchasing
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Microsoft Word
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Strategic Sales
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Strategic Marketing
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Powerpoint
0%

National Average
$81,000

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 210 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%
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