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Department Manager, Retail Store Salary

For Retail Department Managers, hourly average wages total $13.97 per hour. Overall incomes of Retail Department Managers — including $5K bonuses, $3K profit sharing proceeds, and $12K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $21K and $52K. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Women Retail Department Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Retail Department Managers is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,658 - $61,048
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MEDIAN: $40,649
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$9.60 - $18.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,658 - $61,048  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,137  
Profit Sharing
$126.71 - $3,030  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,053  
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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$21,368 - $51,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 685
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.60 - $18.65  
   
Overtime
$12.39 - $27.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,137  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,053  
Profit Sharing
$126.71 - $3,030  
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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$21,368 - $51,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,275

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Operations Manager, where median compensation is $59K annually. A Retail Department Manager may also move into a role as a Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Store Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Department Manager, Retail Store


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Retail Department Managers include Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Employees of Nordstrom, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $47K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $35K to $65K. Also paying near the top of the field are Bed Bath & Beyond Inc at $46K, Macy's, Inc. at $42K, and H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., where Retail Department Managers annually earn $39K.

Earnings fall especially short at Kmart Corporation, where the median salary of $22K is the lowest in the field, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Walmart.com ($24K), Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. ($24K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($26K).

Popular Skills for Department Manager, Retail Store


Retail Department Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Sales, and Merchandising. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Retail Department Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $30K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $34K. Retail Department Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $39K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Retail Department Managers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 52 percent above the national average. Retail Department Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+34 percent), Miami (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and Dallas (+21 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Las Vegas and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 4 percent less, 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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 416 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 21%