The average pay for a Category Manager is $72,412 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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$45,032 - $103,253
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MEDIAN: $72,412
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Category Manager Total Pay (?
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$11.80 - $40.55
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,032 - $103,253  
   
Bonus
$1,011 - $19,416  
Profit Sharing
$995 - $10,099  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,500  
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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$45,435 - $116,978  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $40.55  
   
Overtime
$7.10 - $31.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,011 - $19,416  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,500  
Profit Sharing
$995 - $10,099  
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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$45,435 - $116,978  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,277
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Category Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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National Average
$78,000
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Experience Affects Category Manager Salaries

National Average
$78,000

Skills That Affect Category Manager Salaries

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Market Research
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National Average
$78,000
Microsoft Excel
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Gender
Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%
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