Retail Assistant Manager Salary

The average Retail Assistant Manager in the United States earns approximately $12.25 per hour. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $5K, $4K, and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Retail Assistant Managers can bottom out near $20K or top out at around $50K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Women make up the majority of Retail Assistant Managers (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$26,784 - $53,685
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$27K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,510
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$9.05 - $17.66
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,784 - $53,685  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,827  
Profit Sharing
$16.49 - $3,878  
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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$20,337 - $49,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 932
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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $17.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.51 - $4.90  
Overtime
$7.73 - $26.48  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,827  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,101  
Profit Sharing
$16.49 - $3,878  
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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$20,337 - $49,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,382

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Operations Manager, where median compensation is $59K annually. It is not unusual for a Retail Assistant Manager to become a Retail Store Manager or an Administrative Assistant.

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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., Dollar Tree Stores Inc, Family Dollar Stores Inc, and Dollar General Corporation. Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $58K on average. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Home Depot Inc. at $54K, Verizon Wireless at $54K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where Retail Assistant Managers annually earn $45K.

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 $29K. Family Dollar Stores Inc, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, and Rue21, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($22K, $23K, and $24K 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 Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Sales. Most people skilled in Customer Service 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. On average, Retail Assistant Managers make $37K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


Retail Assistant Managers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Retail Assistant Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+29 percent), Las Vegas (+28 percent), Houston (+20 percent), and Denver (+17 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Charlotte and 2 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Retail Assistant Manager Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Retail Assistant Manager Salaries




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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 403 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 30%