Retail Department Manager Salary

Retail Department Managers in the United States pull down an average of $14.33 per hour. The particular firm and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Retail Department Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Retail Department Managers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,448 - $62,598
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$27K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,644
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$9.83 - $19.61
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,448 - $62,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,092  
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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$22,372 - $55,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $19.61  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $31.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,092  
   
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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$22,372 - $55,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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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


Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and The Home Depot Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Retail Department Managers. Retail Department Managers flock to Bed Bath & Beyond Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $52K lead the pack in compensation; however, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $21K at one end to $69K at the other end. Also paying near the top of the field are Nordstrom, Inc. at $46K, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. at $36K, and The Home Depot Inc., where Retail Department Managers annually earn $34K.

Employees at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, JCPenney, and Lowe's Companies, Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $26K, $32K, and $33K.

Popular Skills for Retail Department Manager


Survey takers who work as Retail Department Managers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Sales Management, Customer Service, and Merchandising can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Merchandising. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in 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. During the first five years of their careers, Retail Department Managers see a median income of $32K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $34K. Retail Department Managers bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $39K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Retail Department Manager Salaries



National Average
$34,000



Skills That Affect Retail Department Manager Salaries

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National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 22%
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