$82,496
Avg. Salary
$23.34
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$9,301

Bonus

$4,332

Profit Sharing

$11,618

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Category Manager is $23.34 per hour.

The average pay for a Category Manager is $82,496 per year.

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$13.12
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$49.67
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MEDIAN $23.34
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$53k
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MEDIAN $82,496
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MEDIAN: $82,496
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$0$127K
Salary $52,504 - $116,367
Bonus $2,012 - $20,137
Profit Sharing $9.93 - $10,050
Commission $11,618
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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$52,978 - $127,923
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,638
Hourly Data $0$104
Hourly Rate $13.12 - $49.67
Overtime $0.00 - $104
Annual Data $0$127K
Bonus $2,012 - $20,137
Commission $11,618
Profit Sharing $9.93 - $10,050
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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$52,978 - $127,923
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 43

Job Description for Category Manager

A category manager determines the layout of products in a store, using sophisticated demographic data to assess possible product assortment schemes, select an option, ensure the selected scheme is employed, and monitor the scheme's performance. Along with organizing a product assortment scheme, a category manager also creates charts and diagrams so that the company's annual plans are broken down into seasonal and monthly assortment change calendars.

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Category Manager Tasks
  • Manage, improve and recommend the product assortment for the company.
  • Verify plans and provide explanations for variances in budgeted sales and gross profit.
  • Identify leverage opportunities, work with procurement, negotiate contracts, supply agreements and programs.
  • Develop annual category plans which include current situation analysis, vision and strategy and specific category plans.
  • Narrow categories and work with suppliers to narrow products supplied to the company.

Category Manager Pay By Employer

$0$121K

$48,080

$97,242

$99,750

Accenture
5 profiles
$92,742

Common Career Paths for Category Manager


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Category Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Product Manager. The average Senior Product Manager brings home $125K per year. Category Managers most frequently advance into National Account Manager and Business Development Manager roles even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

Category Manager Job Listings

Popular Skills for Category Manager


Category Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Sourcing, Strategic Marketing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Merchandising, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Negotiation and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Category Manager

Pay by Experience for a Category Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Category Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 300 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Category Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 321 salaries. An experienced Category Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 307 salaries. A Category Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 114 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,342

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Category Managers that is 30 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Category Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Cincinnati and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

Category Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Category Manager?

Category Manager in Auburn Hills:
"Strategic and combersome."
Pros: Flexibility
Cons: Senior management does not listen, their way or the highway!

Category Manager in Austin:
"Loving it!"
Pros: Great City, Music Capitol of the World, The great Texas People
Cons: Traffic

Category Manager in Johannesburg:
"Stressful job."
Lead by example and continious improvement.

Category Manager in Shelton:
"New position requires pushing."
With any new role, you have to push to make a difference. Make your voice heard and inquire about where you can help.

Category Manager in Tigard:
"Good place to work."
Pros: Had a great leadership development program. Also learned a lot and was able to switch roles after a couple of years to an analyst which I have enjoyed even more.
Cons: Not always happy with the compensation that is given.

Category Manager in Philadelphia:
"Choose A Major That Pays More Than Your College Tuition."
Lots of opportunities and growth. Being a Category Manager enables you to get exposure to different areas.

Category Manager in Chicago:
"Groupon is great!"
Pros: Independence, flexibility, office culture and work environment are great!
Cons: Can be quite demanding on your time.

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Key Stats for Category Manager

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 281 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Category Manager Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$88,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Category Manager Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 281 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 8%