Average General Manager Salary

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The average salary for a General Manager is $54,343.
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$36k - $104k
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$496 - $20k
$1k - $79k
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$33k - $112k

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Job Description for General Manager

General Manager Tasks
  • Plan, develop and implement the operational strategies and tactics.
  • Ensure adequate management training and development to provide for management succession.
  • Direct and lead staff in developing strategies to accomplish objectives approved by ownership.
  • Plan, control, communicate and implement procedures and processes for the overall efficient operations of the business.
  • Lead and direct executive management team in the development, production, promotion of products and services.

Job Satisfaction for General Manager

3.8 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title General Manager are from the companies McDonald's Corporation, Wendy's International, Inc. and Taco Bell Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at McDonald's Corporation where the average pay is $53,962. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Wendy's International, Inc., earning around $48,585 and $44,664, respectively. Comfort Suites Hotel pays the lowest at around $36,973. Domino's Pizza and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $41,500 and $42,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for General Manager

Skills in Operations Management, People Management, Team Leadership and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for General Manager

An entry-level General Manager with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $40,865 based on 22 salaries. An early career General Manager with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,723 based on 423 salaries. A mid-career General Manager with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,967 based on 431 salaries. An experienced General Manager with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,993 based on 632 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $71,528.
Employees with General Manager in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 54.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (42.5% more) and Miami, Florida (19.0% more).

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