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Working As An Area Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $83,505

    Average Salary

What Does An Area Manager Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become An Area Manager

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Average Length of Employment
Plant Manager 5.5 years
General Manager 4.8 years
Director/Manager 4.8 years
District Manager 4.7 years
Division Manager 4.3 years
Divisional Manager 4.2 years
Senior Manager 4.2 years
Branch Manager 4.2 years
Regional Manager 4.1 years
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Manager Executive 4.0 years
Area Manager 4.0 years
Corporate Manager 3.8 years
Manager 3.7 years
Area Supervisor 3.7 years
Area Director 3.7 years
Head Operator 3.5 years
Market Manager 3.3 years
Franchise Manager 3.1 years
Training Manager 3.0 years
Country Manager 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 8.0%
Supervisor 4.2%
Owner 2.8%
Top Employers After
Manager 6.4%
Owner 4.0%
Consultant 2.6%

Area Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

67.3%

Female

31.1%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.9%

French

7.6%

Portuguese

5.6%

German

4.7%

Italian

3.7%

Arabic

3.3%

Russian

2.8%

Chinese

2.3%

Mandarin

2.0%

Carrier

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Korean

1.2%

Hindi

0.9%

Polish

0.8%

Catalan

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%

Cantonese

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%
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Area Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.5%

Michigan State University

6.4%

Liberty University

5.5%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.1%

Auburn University

3.9%

Ashford University

3.7%

University of Florida

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Florida State University

3.6%

Texas State University

3.5%

Iowa State University

3.5%

Strayer University

3.4%

Western Michigan University

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

University of Kentucky

3.2%

University of Georgia

3.1%

Ball State University

3.1%

Webster University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

44.5%

Management

7.2%

Marketing

6.5%

Communication

3.8%

Psychology

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Finance

3.5%

Accounting

3.4%

Education

2.9%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Political Science

2.4%

General Studies

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

Computer Science

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Supply Chain Management

1.6%

Economics

1.6%

Nursing

1.5%

English

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.8%

Other

24.9%

Masters

16.9%

Associate

8.9%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Area Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
E&I Building Area Manager Air Resources Americas LLC. Houston, TX Sep 03, 2016 $218,941 -
$239,200
Hazardous Area Manager EPS Group North America, LLC Houston, TX Dec 12, 2016 $190,000
Pharmacy Area Manager Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 02, 2015 $154,653
Area Manager Wagstaff, Inc. Spokane Valley, WA Aug 28, 2015 $152,697
Pharmacy Area Manager Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 02, 2012 $145,732
Regional Area Manager ISKO Textiles Inc. New York, NY Jul 12, 2016 $144,123
Area Manager-Maintenance United Taconite LLC MN Apr 10, 2015 $141,000
Area Manager Wagstaff, Inc. Spokane Valley, WA Sep 19, 2013 $139,412
Area Manager Enterprise Leasing Company Miami, FL Jun 06, 2011 $139,000
Pharmacy Area Manager Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Riverdale, NJ May 01, 2013 $138,092
Area Manager Gartner Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 01, 2012 $133,250
Area Manager RAN Performance at&T Mobility Services LLC San Ramon, CA Nov 18, 2016 $131,992
Area Manager Wagstaff, Inc. Spokane Valley, WA Sep 19, 2011 $130,000
Area Manager Quality & Technology Hdgl/Fl Am/NS Calvert LLC Calvert, AL Jul 12, 2014 $130,000 -
$140,000
Area Manager Parbel of Florida, Inc. Miami, FL Jun 20, 2016 $99,840
Area Manager Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company Miami, FL Jan 14, 2011 $99,549
Heat Treat Area Manager Chrysler Group LLC Detroit, MI Mar 11, 2011 $98,880
Area Manager RAN Engineering at&T Mobility Services LLC Bloomington, MN Oct 10, 2012 $98,539
Area Manager RAN Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Bloomington, MN Oct 19, 2012 $98,539
Export Area Manager Same-Deutz FAHR North America, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 14, 2016 $97,781
Area Manager Travel Retail Americas Kering Eyewear USA, Inc. Miami, FL Jul 30, 2016 $95,597 -
$100,000
Area Manager (Sales Engineer) Cochlear Americas Centennial, CO May 16, 2011 $79,310 -
$94,411
Forest Area Manager Hancock Forest Management, Inc. Silsbee, TX Jan 15, 2014 $79,000 -
$92,000
National Area Manager ISKO Textiles Inc. New York, NY Oct 09, 2016 $79,000 -
$89,000
Forest Area Manager Hancock Forest Management, Inc. Silsbee, TX Jan 26, 2015 $79,000 -
$92,000
National Area Manager ISKO Textiles Inc. New York, NY Sep 19, 2015 $79,000 -
$89,000
Area Manager Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc. Coppell, TX Mar 09, 2015 $78,000 -
$90,000
Area Manager Parbel of Florida Inc. Miami, FL Sep 16, 2015 $77,250

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Top Skills for An Area Manager

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Top Area Manager Skills

  1. Safety Standards
  2. Customer Service
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reinforced safety standards to ensure departments upheld company policies.
  • Manage and coordinate the staffing, communication, and implementation of all Customer Service changes.
  • Managed and coordinated sanitation operations in accordance with established company procedures, quality standards and governments guidelines for four facilities.
  • Managed all 3 areas, supervisors, warehouse, dispatch and fleet 50 employees.
  • Prepared payroll for the Columbus office (confirming hours worked and the number of patients seen within pay period).

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