Retail Assistant Manager Salary (United States)

Retail Assistant Managers in the United States pull down an average of $12.09 per hour. Pay begins at $8.94 per hour on the low end and climbs to $17.56 near the top. Overall compensation packages to Retail Assistant Managers range from $26,794 on the low end to $52,748 on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $4,886 and profit sharing that approaches $3,221, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $14,403. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Although a majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, about a third claim no health benefits at all. There are more female Retail Assistant Managers than male, making up 63 percent of individuals in this profession. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Retail Assistant Managers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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  
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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  
PayScale
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' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Operations Manager may get paid an extra $28K per year. Becoming a Retail Store Manager or an Administrative Assistant is often the next step for a Retail Assistant Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Assistant Manager

Dominating the field, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., American Eagle Outfitters, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, and Family Dollar Stores Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Retail Assistant Managers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc.—the median salary there is $55,000; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries starting at only $34K and climbing to $77K. Also paying near the top of the field are The Home Depot Inc. at $54,397, Verizon Wireless at $52,997, and TJ Maxx Inc, where Retail Assistant Managers annually earn $48,619.
175 percent lower than the top payer, Dollar General Corporation offers a median salary of just $20,008, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Family Dollar Stores Inc, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($21,446, $22,526, and $30,475 respectively).

Popular Skills for Retail Assistant Manager

Survey takers working as Retail Assistant Managers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Sales. A tool kit that includes Retail also typically contains Team Leadership and Merchandising. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Merchandising and Team Leadership.

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 salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. New salaries start at $28K and reach $34K in five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $36K. As Retail Assistant Managers reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $40K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, a majority land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$31,000
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Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Retail Assistant Managers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Retail Assistant Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+43 percent), New York (+28 percent), Las Vegas (+15 percent), and Minneapolis (+15 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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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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People Management
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$31,000
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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%
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