Mid-Career Category Manager Salary

The average Mid-Career Category Manager can expect to rake in roughly $84K per year. Total cash compensation to Mid-Career Category Managers approaches anywhere from $60K on the lower end to $121K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. The majority of Mid-Career Category Managers (60 percent) survey respondents are male. The majority of Mid-Career Category Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$57,147 - $108,721
MEDIAN: $83,667

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Salary $57,147 - $108,721
Bonus $2,007 - $20,402
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,137
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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).
$59,585 - $120,831
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 319

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,834

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Mid-Career Category Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Category Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+20 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), and Bentonville (+16 percent). Mid-Career Category Managers in Cincinnati make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Dallas (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Category Manager


40 %
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
5-9 years
10-19 years
Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Category Manager Salaries

Contract Negotiation


Strategic Marketing

Market Research

Strategic Sales


Project Management

National Average

Data Analysis




Marketing Management


Microsoft Office

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.


40 %
60 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 10%