Department Manager, Retail Store Salary

Median pay for Retail Department Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.15 per hour. In the world of Retail Department Managers, total cash compensation ranges from $22K on the lower end to $51K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $5K and profit sharing that approaches $3K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $10K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Retail Department Managers is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,448 - $64,529
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$29K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $41,466
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$9.88 - $19.37
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,448 - $64,529  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,060  
Profit Sharing
$146.17 - $3,091  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,126  
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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$21,992 - $51,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 663
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $19.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$13.02 - $28.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,060  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,126  
Profit Sharing
$146.17 - $3,091  
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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$21,992 - $51,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,499
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Operations Managers. That role pays $59K per year on average. As Retail Department Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Retail Store Assistant Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $32K. Another common career choice for Retail Department Managers is to move into a Retail Store Manager role — this promotion usually pays $40K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Department Manager, Retail Store


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Retail Department Managers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Lowe's Companies, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., and Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. Although Nordstrom, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $49K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $35K to $64K. Retail Department Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc ($46K), H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. ($44K), and Lowe's Companies, Inc ($37K).

Kmart Corporation lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($22K). Walmart.com, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $24K, $26K, and $27K.

Popular Skills for Department Manager, Retail Store


Retail Department Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service and Sales. 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.


Retail Department Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $30K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. Retail Department Managers see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $39K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,317

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Retail Department Managers, 46 percent above the national average. Retail Department Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), and Tampa (+19 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Las Vegas (6 percent lower and 5 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





Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$33,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 371 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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