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Retail Department Manager Salary

The average Retail Department Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.44 per hour. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not claimed by all — between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Retail Department Managers. Women Retail Department Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,811 - $62,855
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,437
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$9.84 - $19.61
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,811 - $62,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $1,513  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$22,297 - $56,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $19.61  
   
Overtime
$13.01 - $31.67  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $1,513  
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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$22,297 - $56,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265

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Job Description for Retail Department Manager

Larger retail stores with multiple types of goods often hire retail department managers to oversee a specific area or department. The retail department manager helps ensure the organization and tidiness of their area of responsibility. They also oversee efficient rotation and restock of inventory as needed, as well as the creation and/or execution of store displays for store sales and marketing promotions. Depending on the employer, the retail department manager may also be asked to conduct interviews with prospective employees and hire and schedule staff. Most stores expect this manager to oversee and participate in all necessary training, as well as supervise the employees in their department.

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Retail Department Manager Tasks

  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff; ensure monthly sales quota are met.
  • Sell the organization's products and/or services to new or established customers; handle and resolve escalated customer complaints and issues.
  • Oversee day-to-day retail operations and staff; monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
  • Manage and stock inventory at specified levels.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Department Manager


Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. are top-notch employers for Retail Department Managers in this area. Retail Department Managers flock to Bed Bath & Beyond Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $52K lead the pack in compensation; however, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $21K at one end to $69K at the other end.

With a reported median salary of only $25K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Popular Skills for Retail Department Manager


Survey takers who work as Retail Department Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Sales Management, Customer Service, and Merchandising can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Merchandising and Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Department Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Retail Department Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Retail Department Managers make a median salary of $37K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $39K on average.

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Experience Affects Retail Department Manager Salaries



National Average
$34,000



Skills That Affect Retail Department Manager Salaries

National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 22%
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