An average Retail Department Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.66 per hour. Earnings sit near $10.32 per hour on the lower side but can approach $19.73 on the higher side. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and geographic location are driving factors as well. Women Retail Department Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Although one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Retail Department Managers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,336 - $61,023
$29K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,656
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,336 - $61,023  
   
Bonus
$183.83 - $5,019  
Profit Sharing
$600  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$22,716 - $52,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.32 - $19.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.68  
Overtime
$14.48 - $32.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$183.83 - $5,019  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$22,716 - $52,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 243

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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

  • Oversee day-to-day retail operations and staff; monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
  • Manage and stock inventory at specified levels.
  • 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.

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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. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. offers the most; Retail Department Managers earn $53K on average there. Soaring salaries can also be found at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., and Lowe's Companies, Inc, where earnings of $52K, $48K, or $40K are standard for Retail Department Managers.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, JCPenney and The Home Depot Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $29K, $32K, and $34K.

Popular Skills for Retail Department Manager


Retail Department Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Merchandising, Customer Service, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Inventory Management. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $34K. For Retail Department Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,763

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

For those looking to make money, Retail Department Managers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Retail Department Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+11 percent).

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Key Stats for Retail Department Manager

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Retail Department Manager Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Retail Department Manager Salaries


Merchandising
0%

National Average
$34,000


Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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