Retail Assistant Manager Salary

Median pay for Retail Assistant Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.27 per hour. Total cash compensation to Retail Assistant Managers approaches anywhere from $20K on the lower end to $50K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Women make up the majority of Retail Assistant Managers (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Work is enjoyable for Retail Assistant Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,060 - $54,123

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$9.06 - $17.69

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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,060 - $54,123  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
Profit Sharing
$15.89 - $4,027  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,101  
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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$20,414 - $50,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 960
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.06 - $17.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50 - $4.77  
Overtime
$8.09 - $26.65  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,101  
Profit Sharing
$15.89 - $4,027  
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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$20,414 - $50,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,428
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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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As Retail Assistant Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Retail District Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Retail District Managers earn $70K on average 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


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, Family Dollar Stores Inc, Walgreen Co., and Dollar General Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Retail Assistant Managers. Retail Assistant Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., where the average salary comes to $58K. The Home Depot Inc., Verizon Wireless, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also offer top salaries for Retail Assistant Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $54K, $54K, and $46K, respectively.

Pay for Retail Assistant Managers is the lowest at Dollar General Corporation, which has a median salary of $20K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $29K. 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 ($21K, $23K, and $30K respectively).

Popular Skills for Retail Assistant Manager


Retail Assistant Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, People Management, Sales Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Sales. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $34K. For Retail Assistant Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $40K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Las Vegas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Retail Assistant Managers, 28 percent above the national average. Retail Assistant Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+27 percent), Denver (+25 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Houston (+21 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Retail Assistant Manager Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Retail Assistant Manager Salaries



Sales Management
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Leadership
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Scheduling
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Merchandising
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$31,000

Retail
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Team Leadership
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Training
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Customer Service
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Inventory Management
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Cash Handling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 380 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 29%
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