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Retail Assistant Manager Salary (United States)

Retail Assistant Managers in the United States can typically expect wages of $12.09 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Retail Assistant Managers (largely between $20K and $49K) includes potential earnings of $5K from bonuses, $3K from profit sharing, and commissions of $14K in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Although more than half have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Women account for the majority of Retail Assistant Managers — 63 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Retail Assistant Managers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Retail Assistant Manager Salary (?
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$26,794 - $52,748
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MEDIAN: $37,505
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Retail Assistant Manager Salary (?
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$8.94 - $17.56
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,794 - $52,748  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,886  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $3,221  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,403  
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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$20,145 - $49,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,021
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.94 - $17.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50 - $4.94  
Overtime
$7.59 - $26.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,886  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,403  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $3,221  
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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$20,145 - $49,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,473
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Job Description for Retail Assistant Manager

Retail assistant managers support retail managers and/or store managers in the daily functions of a retail store or the retail area of a store. Retail assistant managers are responsible for the direction of subordinates, implementing the retail manager’s directions and maintaining levels of excellent customer service. At times, retail assistant managers will need to perform the duties of their superior when that supervisor is unavailable and often will also perform the duties of retail associates as well, covering breaks and providing additional coverage at peak sales times.
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Retail Assistant Manager Tasks
  • Assist in overseeing the day-to-day retail operations and staff; monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
  • Manage and stock inventory at specified levels.
  • Sell the organization's products and/or services to new or established customers; handle and resolve escalated customer complaints and issues.
  • Assist in managing the selection, training and development of staff; ensure monthly sales quota are met.

Common Career Paths for Retail Assistant Manager

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Retail Assistant Managers may go on to top-notch roles like Operations Manager, where median pay is $60K annually. Becoming a Retail Store Manager or an Administrative Assistant is a common transition from a Retail Assistant Manager role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Assistant Manager

Many Retail Assistant Managers can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., American Eagle Outfitters, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, and Family Dollar Stores Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. — the median salary there is $55K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $34K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $74K. Also paying near the top of the field are The Home Depot Inc. at $54K, Verizon Wireless at $53K, and TJ Maxx Inc, where Retail Assistant Managers annually earn $49K.
Dollar General Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $20K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $17K to $28K. Also approaching the lower end are Family Dollar Stores Inc at $21K, Dollar Tree Stores Inc at $23K, and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. at $30K.

Popular Skills for Retail Assistant Manager

Survey results imply that Retail Assistant Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Leadership, Sales Management, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 10 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Sales. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Merchandising and Team Leadership. Most people skilled in Retail are similarly competent in Team Leadership and Merchandising.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Assistant Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Retail Assistant Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Retail Assistant Managers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median of $40K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$31,000
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With a pay rate for Retail Assistant Managers that is 43 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis, where Retail Assistant Managers annually earn 43 percent, 28 percent, 15 percent, and 15 percent more than the national average. Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Retail Assistant Manager Salaries

National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Retail Assistant Manager Salaries

Retail
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Merchandising
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Inventory Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Scheduling
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Customer Service
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Team Leadership
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Training
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People Management
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National Average
$31,000
Sales
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Cash Handling
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 28%