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Retail Department Manager Salary (United States)

Median pay for Retail Department Managers in the United States is around $14.00 per hour. The particular firm and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women Retail Department Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Retail Department Manager Salary (?
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$27,963 - $63,002
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MEDIAN: $42,038
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Retail Department Manager Salary (?
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$9.66 - $19.34
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,963 - $63,002  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,667  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,500  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,213  
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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$22,160 - $56,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $19.34  
   
Overtime
$9.80 - $30.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,667  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,213  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,500  
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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$22,160 - $56,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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

Although Bed Bath & Beyond Inc heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $52K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $21K to $69K.
The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where the median salary is a mere $25K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Retail Department Manager

Retail Department Managers note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Sales Management, Customer Service, and Merchandising can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $31K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $34K. Retail Department Managers bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $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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$34,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 20%