Department Manager, Retail Store Salary

Average Retail Department Managers in the United States make around $14.73 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.84 per hour and $19.94. In the world of Retail Department Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $24K and $49K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Department Managers (54 percent) survey respondents. While somewhere between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a strong majority have dental, as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,597 - $63,238
$29K
$43K
$63K
MEDIAN: $42,842
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$10.96 - $20.11
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$0$63K
Salary $28,597 - $63,238
Bonus $200.07 - $4,638
Profit Sharing $198.66 - $3,091
Commission $0.00 - $12,000
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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$23,784 - $49,162
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 340
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $10.96 - $20.11
Hourly Tips $0.50
Overtime $15.17 - $30.65
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $200.07 - $4,638
Commission $0.00 - $12,000
Profit Sharing $198.66 - $3,091
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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$23,784 - $49,162
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,428

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Job Description for Department Manager, Retail Store

A department store manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the retail store. They typically report to a regional director or regional manager, who they may interact with on a daily basis or less frequently. They hire and manage store personnel, as well as direct them in carrying out their employer’s vision. They may also be responsible for merchandising, training new employees, and completing scheduling and payroll. Some businesses create sales goals for department managers that must be met on a yearly or monthly basis.

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Department Manager, Retail Store Tasks

  • Oversee day-to-day retail operations and staff; monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
  • Manage and stock inventory at specified levels.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Department Manager, Retail Store


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For Retail Department Managers, progressing to a Human Resources Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Human Resources Manager can earn $59K annually. Becoming a Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Store Manager is a common transition from a Retail Department Manager role.

Department Manager, Retail Store Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Department Manager, Retail Store


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Lowe's Companies, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., and Office Depot, Inc. are all popular places to work. Retail Department Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Nordstrom, Inc., where the median salary comes to $56K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($31K) and those starting out ($64K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Other leaders in compensation levels are H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. at $47K, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc at $40K, and Lowe's Companies, Inc, where Retail Department Managers annually earn $40K.

Kmart Corporation employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $22K, 151 percent lower than the top payer. Walmart.com, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $24K, $26K, and $27K.

Popular Skills for Department Manager, Retail Store


Survey results imply that Retail Department Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Scheduling, People Management, and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. Those listing Order Inventory as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Control and Inventory Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Merchandising and Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Department Manager, Retail Store

Pay by Experience for a Department Manager, Retail Store has a positive trend. An entry-level Department Manager, Retail Store with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 846 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Department Manager, Retail Store with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 629 salaries. An experienced Department Manager, Retail Store which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 512 salaries. A Department Manager, Retail Store with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 174 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $32,751

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

For Retail Department Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Retail Department Managers will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+43 percent), Atlanta (+30 percent), and Dallas (+30 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte.

Department Manager, Retail Store Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Department Manager, Retail Store?

Department Manager, Retail Store in Columbia:
"Three teams managed by one person."
Pros: I enjoy the interaction with shoppers. I get to help team meet their deadlines.
Cons: Lack of staff. Due to low pay in a college community, quality help is opting for less stressful jobs with better pay. This leaves me to do most of the work myself. 150 hours of work to do in 45 hours, is overwhelming.

Department Manager, Retail Store in Shelbyville:
Pros: Co employees and Customers.
Cons: Swing shifts heavy lifting a lot of walking.

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Key Stats for Department Manager, Retail Store

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 321 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries

▲19%

▲11%

▲4%

National Average
$33,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Department Manager, Retail Store Salaries



▲9%



▲6%

▲4%



Sales
▼0%

National Average
$33,000




Inventory Control
▼18%

Order Inventory
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 321 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 22%
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