Retail Assistant Manager Salary

Median pay for Retail Assistant Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.26 per hour. Cash earnings for Retail Assistant Managers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $20K to approximately $50K. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than half of Retail Assistant Managers (63 percent) survey participants are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,100 - $54,067
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,986
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$9.07 - $17.64
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$18
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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,100 - $54,067  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,885  
Profit Sharing
$15.89 - $4,027  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,241  
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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$20,428 - $50,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 961
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $17.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50 - $4.77  
Overtime
$8.10 - $26.47  
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 - $4,885  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,241  
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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$20,428 - $50,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,430
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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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At the upper end, Retail Assistant Managers who move into a Retail District Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Retail District Managers is a much higher $70K per year. 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


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, Walgreen Co., Family Dollar Stores Inc, and Dollar General Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Retail Assistant Managers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. — the median salary there is $58K. Retail Assistant Managers will also find cushy salaries at The Home Depot Inc. (+$54K), Verizon Wireless (+$54K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (+$46K).

Salaries are easily beat at Dollar General Corporation, where median pay comes to just $20K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $17K and ending at $29K, range in salary is rather small. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Family Dollar Stores Inc ($21K), Dollar Tree Stores Inc ($23K), and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. ($30K).

Popular Skills for Retail Assistant Manager


Retail Assistant Managers report using a deep pool 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 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Sales. Most people familiar with Customer Service 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $34K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. As Retail Assistant Managers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Retail Assistant Managers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Retail Assistant Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+25 percent), New York (+24 percent), Houston (+24 percent), and Las Vegas (+20 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (8 percent lower) and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Retail Assistant Manager Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Retail Assistant Manager Salaries




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

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Cash Handling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 388 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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