Area Manager, Retail Salary

Median pay for Retail Area Managers in the United States is around $53K per year. Cash earnings for Retail Area Managers — which occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $82K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although about a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Women Retail Area Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Retail Area Managers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,888 - $81,262
$36K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,395
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50%
90%

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$11.00 - $23.26
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $14.83
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$0$87K
Salary $35,888 - $81,262
Bonus $489.36 - $19,866
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,243
Commission $6,000
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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$31,187 - $87,889
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 271
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $11.00 - $23.26
Hourly Tips $2.50
Overtime $20.84
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $489.36 - $19,866
Commission $6,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,243
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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$31,187 - $87,889
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 44

Job Description for Area Manager, Retail

The retail area manager oversees and directs other employees, typically in one section or department of the retail store. This professional handles a number of managerial responsibilities, such as directing workers to perform tasks, assigning individuals to specific areas of the retail space, training new hires, holding interviews for prospective workers, and providing feedback and help for employees as needed. The retail area manager is also responsible for ensuring work in their area of responsibility is completed efficiently, as well as implementing new procedures or methods to increase productivity. They generally reports to the store manager, although they may report to the general manager on occasion (such as a biweekly or monthly basis) to report on how the store is doing, improvements being made, and suggestions for future growth. The retail area manager may be promoted to the store manager, and then further promoted to regional manager, based on performance and how long the employee has been with the company.

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Area Manager, Retail Tasks

  • Direct daily operations of retail stores in a geographic area, monitoring sales, expenditures, and store activities.
  • Hire and train store managers, oversee promotion, transfer, and discipline of employees.
  • Communicate and enforce corporate policies and procedures.
  • Review store budget, sales, and activity reports to evaluate store performance.

Common Career Paths for Area Manager, Retail


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Many Retail Area Managers move into a Retail District Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $71K per year. Becoming a Retail Store Assistant Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Retail Area Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Retail Store Assistant Manager is $32K. Another frequent advance is for Retail Area Managers to assume an Operations Manager role; in this role, workers often take home $59K.

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Popular Skills for Area Manager, Retail


Survey results imply that Retail Area Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership, People Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 41 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Those listing Inventory Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Retail and Merchandising also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Merchandising and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Area Manager, Retail

Pay by Experience for an Area Manager, Retail has a positive trend. An entry-level Area Manager, Retail with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 121 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Area Manager, Retail with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 86 salaries. An experienced Area Manager, Retail which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 105 salaries. An Area Manager, Retail with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 51 salaries.

Area Manager, Retail Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Area Manager, Retail?

Area Manager, Retail in Anchorage:
"Amazingly Awesome."
Pros: Celebrating with my team and customers.
Cons: Dealing with theft.

Area Manager, Retail in Salt Lake City:
"Unpleasant."
Pros:
Cons: The position is very restrictive, repetitive, unappreciative, impersonal, low salary and no benefits.

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Key Stats for Area Manager, Retail

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Experience Affects Area Manager, Retail Salaries

▲19%

▲9%

▼0%

National Average
$55,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Area Manager, Retail Salaries

Team Leadership
▲48%

People Management
▲36%

Leadership
▲12%


Training Management
▲8%


National Average
$55,000

Recruiting
▼8%


Training
▼10%

▼17%

Retail
▼20%

Inventory Management
▼40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 20%