Unit Manager Salary (United States)

Unit Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $58,260 per year. The top of the range reaches $90,425 per year, and the bottom approaches $37,251. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Unit Managers are more prevalent than men—65 percent of professionals in this field are women. Job satisfaction for Unit Managers is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Unit Manager Salary (?
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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 (?
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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  
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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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For Unit Managers, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Long Term Care Nursing Director will earn $15,927 more than someone not as far along in their career. More commonly, Unit Managers take pay cuts as they move into roles as Registered Nurses or MDS Coordinators, making $3,386 or $2,810 less per year, respectively.

Unit Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Unit Manager

Those at The Travelers Companies, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $94,665.
Acosta Sales & Marketing Company, Inc. lags the field greatly in terms of pay, 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

Unit Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well-versed 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. At career start, salaries are typically $53K, which grows to $59K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $62K after one to two decades. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Unit Managers and pay is expected at $68K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Unit Managers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 60 percent greater than the national average. Unit Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent) and Atlanta (+14 percent). Unit Managers in Tucson earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Unit Manager Salaries

National Average
$58,000

Skills That Affect Unit Manager Salaries

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$58,000
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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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