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Retail Assistant Manager Salary (United States)

Earnings for Retail Assistant Managers in the United States come in at around $12.14 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Retail Assistant Managers — including $5K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $20K to $49K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and geography are driving factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. 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. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Retail Assistant Manager Salary (?
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$26,847 - $52,800
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Retail Assistant Manager Salary (?
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$8.95 - $17.58
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,847 - $52,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,835  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $3,575  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,975  
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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$20,158 - $49,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $17.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50 - $4.94  
Overtime
$7.66 - $26.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,835  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,975  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $3,575  
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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$20,158 - $49,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,415
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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 Operations Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Operations Managers on average earn $60K per year. It is not uncommon for a Retail Assistant Manager to continue on to become a Retail Store Manager or an Administrative Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Assistant Manager

Retail Assistant Managers flock to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., Dollar Tree Stores Inc, Family Dollar Stores Inc, and Dollar General Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Retail Assistant Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., where the average salary comes to $58K. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Home Depot Inc. at $54K, Verizon Wireless at $54K, and TJ Maxx Inc, where Retail Assistant Managers annually earn $49K.
The lowest salaries can be found at Dollar General Corporation — median pay is $20K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $17K and only reaching $29K. Family Dollar Stores Inc, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $22K, $23K, and $30K.

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, Leadership, Sales Management, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Sales. A tool kit that includes Retail also typically contains Team Leadership and Merchandising. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Retail Assistant Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Retail Assistant Managers see a median salary of $36K after reaching 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

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National Average
$31,000
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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Retail Assistant Managers, 32 percent higher than the national average. Retail Assistant Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Las Vegas (+18 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Denver (+18 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (5 percent lower) and Charlotte (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Retail Assistant Manager Salaries

National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Retail Assistant Manager Salaries

Scheduling
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Retail
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People Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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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
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 29%