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Department Manager, Hardware Store Salary

Average Hardware Store Department Managers in the United States make around $15.46 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $11.72 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.66. In the world of Hardware Store Department Managers, overall income ranges from $25K 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. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Hardware Store Department Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Hardware Store Department Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,859 - $58,555
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,191
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$11.72 - $19.66
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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 - $4,719  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$25,461 - $44,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $19.66  
   
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.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,719  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$25,461 - $44,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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.

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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 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.

The lowest salaries can be found at The Home Depot Inc. — median pay is $30K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $26K and only reaching $43K.


Hardware Store Department Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Inventory Management, and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 4 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service. Many workers who know Inventory Management also know Sales Management.

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 median compensation for relatively untried workers is $33K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $35K. Hardware Store Department Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Hardware Store Department Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $40K on average.

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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
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Skills That Affect Department Manager, Hardware Store Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 29%

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Sales Management
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National Average
$35,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%
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