Department Manager, Retail Store Salary

Median pay for Retail Department Managers in the United States is around $14.67 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.55 per hour and $19.96. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Retail Department Managers can bottom out near $23K or peak near $50K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Most Retail Department Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Retail Department Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,545 - $65,211
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$43K
$65K
MEDIAN: $42,623
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$10.55 - $19.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,545 - $65,211  
   
Bonus
$199.50 - $4,820  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,500  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
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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$23,081 - $49,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 416
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.55 - $19.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$13.96 - $30.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$199.50 - $4,820  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,500  
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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$23,081 - $49,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,416

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Job Description for Department Manager, Retail Store

A department store manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the retail store. They typically report to a regional director or regional manager, who they may interact with on a daily basis or less frequently. They hire and manage store personnel, as well as direct them in carrying out their employer’s vision. They may also be responsible for merchandising, training new employees, and completing scheduling and payroll. Some businesses create sales goals for department managers that must be met on a yearly or monthly basis.

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Department Manager, Retail Store Tasks

  • Oversee day-to-day retail operations and staff; monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
  • Manage and stock inventory at specified levels.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff; ensure monthly sales quota are met.
  • Sell the organization's products and/or services to new or established customers; handle and resolve escalated customer complaints and issues.

Common Career Paths for Department Manager, Retail Store


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For Retail Department Managers, progressing to a Human Resources Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Human Resources Manager can earn $59K annually. Becoming a Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Store Manager is a common transition from a Retail Department Manager role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Department Manager, Retail Store


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Lowe's Companies, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., and Office Depot, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Retail Department Managers. Employees of Saks Fifth Avenue can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $63K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $38K to $84K. Nordstrom, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc also offer top salaries for Retail Department Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $56K, $47K, and $41K, respectively.

The lowest pay by far can be found at Kmart Corporation — this employer offers a median salary of $22K, 186 percent lower than the top payer. Walmart.com, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $24K, $26K, and $27K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Department Manager, Retail Store


Survey takers working as Retail Department Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, People Management, Customer Service Metrics, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. Those listing Order Inventory as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Control and Inventory Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Customer Service also know Merchandising and Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Department Manager, Retail Store

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Retail Department Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $34K. On average, Retail Department Managers make $37K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $39K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,045

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

Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Retail Department Managers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Retail Department Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+39 percent), Miami (+38 percent), Dallas (+29 percent), and Atlanta (+20 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Department Manager, Retail Store Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Department Manager, Retail Store?

Department Manager, Retail Store in Columbia:
"Three teams managed by one person."
Pros: I enjoy the interaction with shoppers. I get to help team meet their deadlines.
Cons: Lack of staff. Due to low pay in a college community, quality help is opting for less stressful jobs with better pay. This leaves me to do most of the work myself. 150 hours of work to do in 45 hours, is overwhelming.

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Key Stats for Department Manager, Retail Store

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 261 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries

▲18%

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$33,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries



▲8%



▲5%

▲2%



Sales
▼0%

National Average
$33,000




Inventory Control
▼19%

Order Inventory
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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