Retail Department Managers in the United States take home an average $14.49 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.21 per hour and $19.52. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by tenure and location. Job satisfaction for Retail Department Managers is high. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Department Managers (57 percent) survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,022 - $61,210  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$22,557 - $52,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $19.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.68  
Overtime
$14.53 - $32.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$200.00 - $5,034  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$22,557 - $52,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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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., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, The Home Depot Inc., and Nordstrom, Inc. Those at H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $53K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Bed Bath & Beyond Inc at $52K, Nordstrom, Inc. at $48K, and Lowe's Companies, Inc, where Retail Department Managers annually earn $40K.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, JCPenney, and The Home Depot Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($28K, $32K, and $34K respectively).

Popular Skills for Retail Department Manager


Retail Department Managers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Customer Service, Merchandising, 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. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Retail Department Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $30K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $33K. Retail Department Managers see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $39K.

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Experience Affects Retail Department Manager Salaries



National Average
$33,000



Skills That Affect Retail Department Manager Salaries

Sales Management
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National Average
$33,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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