Unit Manager Salary (United States)

Unit Managers in the United States pull down an average of $58,260 annually. The top of the range reaches $90,425 per year, and the bottom approaches $37,251. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $36,614 on the lower end to $87,397 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $11,793 from bonuses and upwards of $30K from profit sharing. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group—geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision insurance. Most Unit Managers (65 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,614 - $87,397
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MEDIAN: $57,414
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Unit Manager Salary (?
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$15.04 - $36.81
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$36,614 - $87,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,793  
Profit Sharing
$0.57 - $29,799  
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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$37,251 - $90,425  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 523
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.04 - $36.81  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $49.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,793  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.57 - $29,799  
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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$37,251 - $90,425  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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Job Description for Unit Manager

The unit manager is responsible for managing a specific operation in an organization. The manager usually is in charge of a group of employees within the unit the manager is overseeing. They typically are in charge of hiring employees and ensuring these employees are working properly and efficiently in their position. The fields in which a unit manager works vary widely. In nursing homes, for example, the unit manager oversees employees and nurses; in a sales position, the unit manager manages the sales employees in their division.
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Unit Manager Tasks
  • Oversee unit budget and payroll and document outcomes and productivity.
  • Lead periodic meetings to convey goals, changes, and upcoming events.
  • Lead organizational teams, set schedules, ensure staffing levels, and define goals.

Common Career Paths for Unit Manager

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Unit Managers may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Long Term Care Nursing Director may bring in a lot more money — an additional $15,927 annually. Unit Managers most often move into positions as Registered Nurses or MDS Coordinators, where they typically take pay cuts of $3,386 or $2,810 per year.

Unit Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Unit Manager

The Travelers Companies, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $94,665.
Acosta Sales & Marketing Company, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($38,000). Employees at Waffle House, Inc. and Capital One Financial Corp can also expect below-average earnings of $38,710 and $66,948.

Popular Skills for Unit Manager

Professional skills reported by Unit Managers are few in number. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Geriatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Unit Managers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $53K, increasing to $59K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $62K. As Unit Managers approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $68K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Unit Managers, 60 percent above the national average. Unit Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent) and Atlanta (+14 percent). Unit Managers in Tucson take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 24 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Unit Manager Salaries

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$58,000

Skills That Affect Unit Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 16%
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