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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

An Area Manager is responsible for organizing and supervising the operations of a number of stores. They set sales targets, maximize sales and profitability, and control the training and development process of the staff.

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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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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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
Soil Investigation Projects Area Manager Treviicos Corporation Houston, TX Sep 05, 2015 $150,000
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
Pharmacy Area Manager Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Riverdale, NJ May 01, 2013 $138,092
Area Manager RAN Performance at&T Mobility Services LLC San Ramon, CA Nov 18, 2016 $131,992
Business Area Manager IBM Corporation Piscataway, NJ Mar 31, 2016 $130,000
Area Manager-Utilities International Paper Orange, TX Jun 23, 2016 $127,000
Area Manager Cochlear Americas Alameda, CA Oct 26, 2015 $125,299
Export Area Manager Same-Deutz FAHR North America, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 14, 2016 $97,781
Business Area Manager IBM India Private Limited Denver, CO Jul 13, 2016 $96,637
Area Manager Travel Retail Americas Kering Eyewear USA, Inc. Miami, FL Jul 30, 2016 $95,597 -
$100,000
Area Manager Travel Retail Americas, Sales Kering Eyewear USA, Inc. Miami, FL Jul 20, 2016 $95,597 -
$100,000
Area Manager Beauty South America Parbel of Florida, Inc. Miami, FL Aug 16, 2014 $95,000
Area Manager, Mexico and South America Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc. TX Nov 14, 2013 $95,000 -
$115,000
Area Manager Beauty South America Parbel of Florida, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 08, 2014 $95,000
Business Area Manager IBM India Private Limited Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2015 $93,891 -
$104,041
Area Occupational Health Manager Hyatt Corporation San Diego, CA Aug 31, 2016 $86,341
Area Manager, Latin America Luxury Distribution Inc. Miami, FL Jan 01, 2015 $86,275
Business Area Manager IBM India Private Limited West Sacramento, CA Aug 17, 2015 $85,200 -
$89,400
Business Area Manager IBM India Private Limited Merrillville, IN Aug 16, 2015 $85,200
Business Area Manager IBM India Private Limited Syracuse, NY Jul 12, 2015 $85,200
Business Area Manager IBM India Private Limited Indianapolis, IN Oct 14, 2013 $85,200
Business Area Manager IBM India Private Limited West Sacramento, CA Sep 08, 2015 $85,200 -
$89,400

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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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