Retail Department Manager Salary

An average Retail Department Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.30 per hour. Cash earnings for Retail Department Managers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $23K to approximately $56K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. 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 for Retail Department Managers is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,497 - $63,995
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MEDIAN: $41,759
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$10.09 - $19.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,497 - $63,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,219  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $2,936  
Commission
$0.00 - $9,744  
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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$22,570 - $56,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $19.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21  
Overtime
$9.54 - $31.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,219  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,744  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $2,936  
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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$22,570 - $56,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 328
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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Retail Department Managers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and The Home Depot Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. offers the most; Retail Department Managers earn $53K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., and Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., top-paying firms where Retail Department Managers rake in a $52K, $44K, or $37K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $26K, 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. Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., JCPenney, and The Home Depot Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($26K, $32K, and $34K respectively).

Popular Skills for Retail Department Manager


Survey results show that Retail Department Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Merchandising, Customer Service, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Inventory Management and Customer Service. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. On average, Retail Department Managers make $36K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Retail Department Manager generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $38K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,467

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Retail Department Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 73 percent above the national average. Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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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

Customer Service
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Merchandising
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Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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