Department Manager, Retail Store Salary

Retail Department Managers in the United States take home an average $14.09 per hour. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Retail Department Managers. Ranging between $22K near the bottom and $51K near the top, total earnings can include up to $5K from bonuses and up to $3K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $11K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,117 - $61,751

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$9.74 - $19.01

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,117 - $61,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,074  
Profit Sharing
$124.16 - $3,081  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,872  
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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$21,689 - $51,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 664
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $19.01  
   
Overtime
$12.63 - $28.27  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,074  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,872  
Profit Sharing
$124.16 - $3,081  
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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$21,689 - $51,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,352
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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

  • 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, Retail Store


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Though some Retail Department Managers move into positions like Operations Manager (where the average salary is $59K), this progression is not the norm. More commonly, Retail Department Managers become Retail Store Assistant Managers or Retail Store Managers.

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Retail Department Managers fill the offices of leading firms Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at Nordstrom, Inc. — the median salary there is $48K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $35K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $63K. Also paying near the top of the field are Bed Bath & Beyond Inc at $46K, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. at $43K, and Lowe's Companies, Inc, where Retail Department Managers annually earn $36K.

Kmart Corporation employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $22K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Walmart.com at $24K, and Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. where $25K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Retail Department Managers there earn up to $37K.

Popular Skills for Department Manager, Retail Store


Retail Department Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, People Management, Sales Management, and Customer Service Metrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sales, Customer Service, and Merchandising. Most people who know Customer Service also know Merchandising and Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Department Manager, Retail Store

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


For Retail Department Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Retail Department Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Retail Department Managers that is 48 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Retail Department Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Austin (+14 percent), and Charlotte (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Las Vegas, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Atlanta (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Department Manager, Retail Store Reviews

What is it like working as a Department Manager, Retail Store at Sears Holdings Corporation?

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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Experience Affects Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries




Scheduling
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$33,000

Training
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 387 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 21%
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