General Store Manager Salary

Median pay for General Store Managers in the United States is around $47K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $14K and $16K, respectively — total cash payment to General Store Managers can bottom out near $29K or peak near $80K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Although the greater part have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most General Store Managers. Men working as General Store Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,669 - $76,481
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$76K
MEDIAN: $46,510
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$9.99 - $20.13
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,669 - $76,481  
   
Bonus
$198.04 - $14,495  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $16,483  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,362  
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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$29,100 - $80,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $20.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.08 - $4.93  
Overtime
$9.50 - $30.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$198.04 - $14,495  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,362  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $16,483  
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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$29,100 - $80,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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Job Description for General Store Manager

The general store manager is the senior manager in the daily operations of a particular store. As the senior manager, they perform a variety of tasks to ensure the store's smooth operation, such as relaying, adopting, and implementing corporate policy. They monitor the performance of the store and work with other managers and employees to ensure that an acceptable level of performance is met. On top of the operations aspect of the job, the general manager also works closely with employees to ensure a high level of customer care. They also usually have the final word on resolving customer issues and complaints.

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General Store Manager Tasks

  • Develop rapport and make connections with the retail team and customers.
  • Set and track retail goals and objectives.
  • Manage overall day to day operations of the store, including hiring, reviewing, and employee scheduling.
  • Assist in planning annual or specific budgets.

Common Career Paths for General Store Manager


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As General Store Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Retail District Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Retail District Managers earn $71K on average per year. Becoming a Retail General Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that General Store Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $55K. Another frequent advance is for General Store Managers to assume a Restaurant General Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $46K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for General Store Manager


Leading companies who hire large numbers of General Store Managers include Dollar General Corporation, Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., Starbucks Corporation, and Fastenal Company. The biggest paychecks can be found at Sears Holdings Corporation — the median salary there is $78K. Other leaders in compensation levels are CVS / Pharmacy at $68K, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. at $54K, and McDonald's Corporation, where General Store Managers annually earn $51K.

Dollar General Corporation, Family Dollar Stores Inc, and U-Haul International, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $36K, $39K, and $40K.

Popular Skills for General Store Manager


General Store Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Leadership, Operations Management, and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Inventory Control as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Purchasing and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for General Store Manager

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


General Store Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $39K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $46K. General Store Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,888

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For General Store Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. General Store Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+34 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), Indianapolis (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Austin and Nashville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects General Store Manager Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect General Store Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 16%

Leadership
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Sales Management
up arrow 2%

Sales
0%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
0%

National Average
$47,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Purchasing
up arrow 23%

Inventory Control
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 232 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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