Department Manager, Hardware Store Salary

The average Hardware Store Department Manager in the United States earns approximately $15.64 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.58 per hour to $19.67. Cash earnings for Hardware Store Department Managers — including $5K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $25K to $44K depending on individual performance. The company and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Hardware Store Department Managers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,951 - $60,301

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$11.58 - $19.67

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,951 - $60,301  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,691  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,993  
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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$25,363 - $44,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $19.67  
   
Overtime
$14.82 - $29.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,691  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,993  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,000  
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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$25,363 - $44,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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Job Description for Department Manager, Hardware Store

A hardware store has many departments, such as plumbing, electronics, lighting, and lawn and garden care. The upper management of these stores typically use department managers to oversee each of these areas. The hardware store department manager typically leads a team of employees, ensuring they follow company guidelines and meet standards of customer service. The manager communicates necessary product knowledge to their team and helps develop standard answers to frequent customer requests and questions.

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Department Manager, Hardware Store Tasks

  • 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.
  • Oversee day-to-day retail operations and staff; monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
  • Manage and stock inventory at specified levels.

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Hardware Store Department Managers who go on to become Retail Store Assistant Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Retail Store Assistant Manager, an upper-level role, pays $32K.

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Although Lowe's Companies, Inc offers the highest salaries (median pay is $38K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $32K to $44K.

While select The Home Depot Inc. employees may bring in up to $55K, a median salary of only $31K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.


Survey results suggest that Hardware Store Department Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, People Management, and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 12 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Inventory Management and Sales Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Department Manager, Hardware Store

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Hardware Store Department Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $33K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $35K on average. Hardware Store Department Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $41K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Department Manager, Hardware Store Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Department Manager, Hardware Store Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 28%

People Management
up arrow 12%

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$35,000

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%
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