Retail Department Manager Salary

Earnings for Retail Department Managers in the United States come in at around $14.38 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Most Retail Department Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,187 - $63,077

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$9.85 - $19.66

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,187 - $63,077  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,082  
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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$22,528 - $55,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $19.66  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $31.32  
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 - $5,082  
   
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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$22,528 - $55,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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


Retail Department Managers flock to Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and The Home Depot Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $52K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $21K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $69K. Retail Department Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Nordstrom, Inc. ($45K), Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. ($36K), and The Home Depot Inc. ($34K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($26K), JCPenney ($32K), and Lowe's Companies, Inc ($33K).

Popular Skills for Retail Department Manager


Typical 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Merchandising. 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.


For Retail Department Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $34K. Retail Department Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $38K.

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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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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 21%
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