Retail Department Manager Salary

Retail Department Managers in the United States take home approximately $14.37 per hour on average. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Job satisfaction for Retail Department Managers is high. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$27,375 - $62,676
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$27K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,593
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$9.82 - $19.63
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,375 - $62,676  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,096  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $1,513  
Commission
$0.00 - $9,826  
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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$22,340 - $55,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $19.63  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $31.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,096  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,826  
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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$22,340 - $55,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Retail Department Managers include Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and The Home Depot Inc. For Retail Department Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $52K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($21K versus $69K) is great. Retail Department Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Nordstrom, Inc. ($46K), Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. ($36K), and The Home Depot Inc. ($34K).

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $26K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., JCPenney, and Lowe's Companies, Inc also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $26K, $32K, and $33K.

Popular Skills for Retail Department Manager


Survey takers who work as Retail Department Managers report a focused set of job 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. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Department Manager

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


Retail Department Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $32K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $34K. Retail Department Managers see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Retail Department Managers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $39K.

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Experience Affects Retail Department Manager Salaries



National Average
$34,000



Skills That Affect Retail Department Manager Salaries

Sales Management
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National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
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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