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Department Manager, Hardware Store Salary

Average Hardware Store Department Managers in the United States make around $15.39 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.59 per hour on the lower end to $19.57 on the higher end. In the world of Hardware Store Department Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $44K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $8K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Hardware Store Department Managers. Most Hardware Store Department Managers survey respondents are men (78 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,859 - $58,555
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,473
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$11.59 - $19.57
(Median)
$12
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,859 - $58,555  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,729  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$25,258 - $44,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $19.57  
   
Overtime
$15.03 - $29.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,729  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$25,258 - $44,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276

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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.

Common Career Paths for Department Manager, Hardware Store


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For Hardware Store Department Managers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Hardware Store Department Managers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Retail Store Assistant Manager.

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Although the highest salaries can be found at Lowe's Companies, Inc where median pay is $39K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $32K and $44K.

Employees at The Home Depot Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $30K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $26K and quickly nearing the top at only $43K.


Hardware Store Department Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Sales Management, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Aptitude in Inventory Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Department Manager, Hardware Store

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


Hardware Store Department Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $34K. For Hardware Store Department Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $40K.

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Experience Affects Department Manager, Hardware Store Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Department Manager, Hardware Store Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 30%


Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 18%
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