Retail Department Manager Salary

Median pay for Retail Department Managers in the United States is around $14.30 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Retail Department Managers spread between $23K and $56K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Department Managers (54 percent) survey respondents. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Most Retail Department Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$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


Retail Department Managers flock to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement 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. The biggest paychecks can be found at H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. — the median salary there is $53K. 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 respectable $52K, $44K, or $37K, respectively.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $26K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. at $26K, JCPenney at $32K, and The Home Depot Inc., where $34K is the norm.

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 pay less than market rate include Inventory Management and Customer Service. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Retail Department Managers bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,467

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Retail Department Managers, 73 percent above the national average. Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average.

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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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