Retail Assistant Manager Salary (United States)

For Retail Assistant Managers, hourly wages usually total $12.09 per hour. The range in pay spans from $8.94 per hour to $17.56. The final incomes of Retail Assistant Managers vary between $20,145 and $49,039; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $4,886, $3,221, and $14,403, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Although about two-thirds have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, around one third claim no health benefits at all. In a profession dominated by women, 63 percent of Retail Assistant Managers are female. Job satisfaction for Retail Assistant Managers is high. 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  
PayScale
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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Retail Assistant Managers. At the upper end, those who move into a Operations Manager role can bring in an extra $28K per year. It is not uncommon for a Retail Assistant Manager to continue on to become a Retail Store Manager or an Administrative Assistant.

Retail Assistant Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Assistant Manager

Leading companies who hire large numbers of Retail Assistant Managers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., American Eagle Outfitters, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, and Family Dollar Stores Inc. Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers the largest salaries in town—$55,000 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $34K to $77K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Other leaders in compensation levels 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.
With a median salary of only $20,008 (175 percent lower than the top payer), Dollar General Corporation lags significantly in the earnings department. Employees at Family Dollar Stores Inc, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $21,446, $22,526, and $30,475.

Popular Skills for Retail Assistant Manager

Retail Assistant Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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. Most people who know Customer Service also know Merchandising and Team Leadership. The majority of those who know Retail also know 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $28K, increasing to $34K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $36K after one to two decades. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Retail Assistant Managers after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $40K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, 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, around two-thirds land within it.

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. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis, where Retail Assistant Managers typically earn around 43 percent, 28 percent, 15 percent, and 15 percent more than usual. The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 5 percent below the national average.

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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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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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