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Retail Department Manager Salary

Median pay for Retail Department Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.46 per hour. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Retail Department Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just over a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Department Managers (55 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,811 - $62,855
(Median)
$28K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,659
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$9.81 - $19.53
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$14
$20
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
$27,811 - $62,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,500  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,174  
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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$22,244 - $55,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $19.53  
   
Overtime
$11.75 - $30.54  
National Annualized 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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,500  
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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$22,244 - $55,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254

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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


Dominating the field, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Retail Department Managers. Employees of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $52K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $21K to $69K.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $25K, less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Popular Skills for Retail Department Manager


Survey takers who work as 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 and Customer Service. 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.


For Retail Department Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $32K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $34K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Retail Department Managers make a median salary of $37K. Retail Department Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $39K on average.

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Experience Affects Retail Department Manager Salaries



National Average
$34,000



Skills That Affect Retail Department Manager Salaries

National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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