Department Manager, Retail Store Salary

For Retail Department Managers, hourly average wages total $14.75 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.82 per hour and $20.00. Total cash earnings of Retail Department Managers range from $24K on the low end to $49K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $4K, respectively. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Although just over a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a fair number get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Retail Department Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,129 - $65,389
$29K
$43K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,121
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$10.82 - $20.00
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$0$65K
Salary $29,129 - $65,389
Bonus $199.91 - $4,805
Profit Sharing $202.73 - $3,987
Commission $0.00 - $11,335
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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$23,510 - $49,473
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 359
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $10.82 - $20.00
Hourly Tips $0.52
Overtime $15.01 - $30.19
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $199.91 - $4,805
Commission $0.00 - $11,335
Profit Sharing $202.73 - $3,987
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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$23,510 - $49,473
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,411

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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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As Retail Department Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Human Resources Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Human Resources Managers earn $59K on average per year. It is not uncommon for a Retail Department Manager to continue on to become a Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Store Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Department Manager, Retail Store


Dominating the field, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Lowe's Companies, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., and Office Depot, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Retail Department Managers. For Retail Department Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Nordstrom, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $56K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($31K versus $64K) is great. Also paying near the top of the field are H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. at $47K, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc at $40K, and Lowe's Companies, Inc, where Retail Department Managers annually earn $40K.

With a reported median salary of only $22K, Kmart Corporation easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 151 percent less than the top paying company. Walmart.com, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $24K, $26K, and $27K.

Popular Skills for Department Manager, Retail Store


Survey results imply that Retail Department Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Scheduling, People Management, and Sales Management 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. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Merchandising and Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Department Manager, Retail Store

Pay by Experience for a Department Manager, Retail Store has a positive trend. An entry-level Department Manager, Retail Store with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 846 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Department Manager, Retail Store with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 629 salaries. An experienced Department Manager, Retail Store which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 512 salaries. A Department Manager, Retail Store with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 174 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $32,862

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For those looking to make money, Retail Department Managers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Retail Department Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+42 percent), Atlanta (+29 percent), and Dallas (+29 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 5 percent below the national average.

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.

Department Manager, Retail Store in Shelbyville:
Pros: Co employees and Customers.
Cons: Swing shifts heavy lifting a lot of walking.

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Key Stats for Department Manager, Retail Store

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 290 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries

▲19%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$33,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries


▲9%




▲6%

▲3%



Sales
▼0%

National Average
$33,000




Inventory Control
▼18%

Order Inventory
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 290 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 22%
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