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General Store Manager Salary

An average General Store Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $46K per year. With some bonuses approaching $14K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of General Store Managers spread between $29K and $80K depending on individual performance. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Men make up a slight majority of General Store Managers (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most General Store Managers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,244 - $75,385
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$75K
MEDIAN: $45,557
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90%

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$9.96 - $20.43
(Median)
$10
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,244 - $75,385  
   
Bonus
$198.52 - $14,343  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $9,500  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,438  
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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$29,292 - $80,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $20.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.27 - $2.23  
Overtime
$6.40 - $30.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$198.52 - $14,343  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,438  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $9,500  
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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$29,292 - $80,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167

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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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It doesn't happen often, but some General Store Managers do move on to become Retail General Managers. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $54K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for General Store Manager


Dollar General Corporation, Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Starbucks Corporation, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., and McDonald's Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of General Store Managers. Although Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $53K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $42K to $72K. McDonald's Corporation, Fastenal Company, and AutoZone, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with General Store Managers earning around $51K, $49K, or $48K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Dollar General Corporation at $36K and Starbucks Corporation at $43K, though some General Store Managers there earn up to $69K.

Popular Skills for General Store Manager


Survey results suggest that General Store Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Leadership, Operations Management, and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Purchasing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Management and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Leadership indicates knowledge of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for General Store Manager

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


General Store Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. On average, General Store Managers make $52K following one to two decades on the job. General Store Managers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for General Store Managers, 66 percent higher than the national average. General Store Managers will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+33 percent), Orlando (+32 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), and Denver (+18 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Louisville (10 percent lower) and Austin (3 percent lower).

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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 17%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Leadership
up arrow 3%

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Inventory Management
up arrow 23%

Purchasing
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 30%
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