Department Manager, Retail Store Salary

An average Retail Department Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.72 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.72 per hour and $19.99. In the world of Retail Department Managers, overall income ranges from $23K near the bottom to $49K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. Most Retail Department Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a fair number. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,867 - $66,227
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MEDIAN: $42,959
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$10.72 - $19.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,867 - $66,227  
   
Bonus
$197.71 - $4,166  
Profit Sharing
$207.81 - $2,424  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,351  
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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$23,280 - $49,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.72 - $19.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$14.92 - $30.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$197.71 - $4,166  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,351  
Profit Sharing
$207.81 - $2,424  
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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$23,280 - $49,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,463

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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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Retail Department Managers who transition into a Human Resources Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $59K per year. A Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Store Manager is a typical transition from a Retail Department Manager role.

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. Retail Department Managers flock to Nordstrom, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $56K lead the pack in compensation; however, Nordstrom, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $31K at one end to $64K at the other end. Retail Department Managers will also find cushy salaries at H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. (+$47K), Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (+$40K), and Lowe's Companies, Inc (+$40K).

The lowest pay by far can be found at Kmart Corporation — this employer offers a median salary of $22K, 151 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Walmart.com at $24K, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. at $26K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where $27K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Department Manager, Retail Store


Survey results imply that Retail Department Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of 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: $32,849

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

Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Retail Department Managers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Retail Department Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+42 percent), Atlanta (+30 percent), and Dallas (+29 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 279 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
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National Average
$33,000




Inventory Control
▼18%

Order Inventory
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 279 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: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 22%
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