Department Manager, Retail Store Salary

Retail Department Managers in the United States take home approximately $14.72 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.64 per hour to $20.02. Total cash compensation to Retail Department Managers bottoms out near $23K and approaches $49K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Women Retail Department Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of Retail Department Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Around one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a strong majority claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,707 - $65,381
$30K
$43K
$65K
MEDIAN: $42,859
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$10.64 - $20.02
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MEDIAN: $14.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,707 - $65,381  
   
Bonus
$199.64 - $4,746  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $3,452  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,380  
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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$23,208 - $49,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 382
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $20.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$14.52 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$199.64 - $4,746  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,380  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $3,452  
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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$23,208 - $49,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,412

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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 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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At the upper end, Retail Department Managers who move into a Human Resources Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Human Resources Managers is a much higher $59K per year. A Retail Department Manager may also move into a role as a Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Store Manager.

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. Those in search of high salaries should also consider H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and Lowe's Companies, Inc, top-paying firms where Retail Department Managers rake in a comfortable $47K, $40K, or $40K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $22K, Kmart Corporation easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 151 percent lower than the top payer. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Walmart.com ($24K), Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. ($26K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($27K).

Popular Skills for Department Manager, Retail Store


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 15 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. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in 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

48%

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29%

29%

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13%

-6%

National Average: $32,988

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

Surpassing the national average by 48 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 Miami (+45 percent), Los Angeles (+42 percent), Atlanta (+29 percent), and Dallas (+29 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent.

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 259 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
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

▲19%

▲10%

▲3%

National Average
$33,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries



▲8%



▲5%

▲3%



Sales
▼0%

National Average
$33,000




Inventory Control
▼19%

Order Inventory
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
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%
no benefits
None: 21%