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Department Manager, Retail Store Salary (United States)

Pay for Retail Department Managers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.92 per hour. Cash earnings for Retail Department Managers — including $5K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $21K to $52K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. While some workers in this profession — close to a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Retail Department Managers is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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Department Manager, Retail Store Salary (?
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$28,805 - $61,041
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MEDIAN: $40,375
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Department Manager, Retail Store Salary (?
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$9.60 - $18.54
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,805 - $61,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,121  
Profit Sharing
$121.20 - $2,995  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,071  
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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$21,382 - $52,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 728
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.60 - $18.54  
   
Overtime
$12.11 - $28.03  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,121  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,071  
Profit Sharing
$121.20 - $2,995  
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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$21,382 - $52,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,346
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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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Retail Department Managers who transition into an upper level Operations Manager role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $58K per year. A Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Store Manager is a typical transition from a Retail Department Manager role.

Department Manager, Retail Store Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Department Manager, Retail Store

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Retail Department Managers include Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., The Home Depot Inc., and Bed Bath & Beyond 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 $66K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., and Lowe's Companies, Inc, where earnings of $47K, $39K, or $35K are standard for Retail Department Managers.
With a median employee salary of $22K, Kmart Corporation pays significantly less than its competitors (less than half of the top paying employer's rate). Other low-paying employers include Walmart.com at $23K and Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. at $24K, though some Retail Department Managers there earn up to $39K.

Popular Skills for Department Manager, Retail Store

Retail Department Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Customer Service Metrics, People Management, and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service and Sales. The majority of those 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $34K. Retail Department Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Retail Department Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $38K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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$33,000
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For Retail Department Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Retail Department Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+25 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), Miami (+21 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Jacksonville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Las Vegas and San Diego (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 21%