Department Manager, Hardware Store Salary

Hardware Store Department Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.64 per hour. Compensation ranges between $11.69 per hour and $19.73. In the world of Hardware Store Department Managers, overall income ranges from $26K near the bottom to $44K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The company and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Hardware Store Department Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,951 - $60,301
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MEDIAN: $40,424
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$11.69 - $19.73
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,951 - $60,301  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,613  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $8,027  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$25,545 - $44,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $19.73  
   
Overtime
$14.98 - $29.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,613  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,000  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $8,027  
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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$25,545 - $44,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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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 transition into an upper level Retail Store Assistant Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Retail Store Assistant Manager makes $32K a year.

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Pay for Hardware Store Department Managers is best at Lowe's Companies, Inc, which offers a median salary of $39K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $32K to $44K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $55K, The Home Depot Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $31K, the lowest in the field.


Hardware Store Department Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Operations Management and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service. Those with knowledge of Inventory Management tend to be skilled in Sales Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Department Manager, Hardware Store

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


For Hardware Store Department Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $33K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Hardware Store Department Managers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $40K.

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Experience Affects Department Manager, Hardware Store Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

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 15%

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$35,000

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
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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