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Working as an Assistant Manager

There's not a lot of jobs that are more important than Assistant Manager, (or Assistant to the Regional Manager for all you "Office" fans). And we absolutely hope you'll take the job as seriously as Dwight Schrute does.

Assistant managers are responsible for making sure that everyone is following the rules. Honestly, you could probably call yourself "The Enforcer" and get away with it. You might also get to hire and train new employees so basically you get to pick who you want to work with. Here's to having the best team.

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an assistant manager. For example, did you know that they make an average of $26.49 an hour? That's $55,107 a year!

What Does an Assistant Manager Do

There are certain skills that many assistant managers have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed leadership skills, communication skills and management skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an assistant manager, we found that a lot of resumes listed 10.4% of assistant managers included inventory management, while 8.8% of resumes included customer service, and 7.8% of resumes included store management. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the assistant manager job title. But what industry to start with? Most assistant managers actually find jobs in the hospitality and retail industries.

How To Become an Assistant Manager

If you're interested in becoming an assistant manager, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 31.2% of assistant managers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 4.1% of assistant managers have master's degrees. Even though some assistant managers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an assistant manager. When we researched the most common majors for an assistant manager, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on assistant manager resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an assistant manager. In fact, many assistant manager jobs require experience in a role such as sales associate. Meanwhile, many assistant managers also have previous career experience in roles such as cashier or customer service representative.

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Average Salary$55,107
Job Growth Rate6%

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Assistant Manager Career Paths

Top Careers Before Assistant Manager

Cashier
15.7%

Top Careers After Assistant Manager

Manager
10.8%

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Average Salary for an Assistant Manager

Assistant Managers in America make an average salary of $55,107 per year or $26 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $91,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $33,000 per year.
Average Salary
$55,107

Best Paying Cities

Average Salary
Salary Range50k - 100k$71k$71,265
Salary Range46k - 92k$66k$65,734
Salary Range43k - 87k$62k$62,148
Salary Range44k - 86k$62k$61,728
Salary Range42k - 79k$58k$57,993
Salary Range42k - 78k$58k$57,924
$32k
$100k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Assistant Manager (Food Service)
Assistant Manager (Food Service)
Maverik
Maverik
10/31/2020
10/31/2020
$29,74010/31/2020
$29,740
Assistant Manager (5302)
Assistant Manager (5302)
Domino's Pizza
Domino's Pizza
10/31/2020
10/31/2020
$21,91410/31/2020
$21,914
Assistant Manager-Hospitality-#421-Days/Evenings
Assistant Manager-Hospitality-#421-Days/Evenings
Sheetz
Sheetz
10/31/2020
10/31/2020
$34,43610/31/2020
$34,436
Assistant Manager (2326)
Assistant Manager (2326)
Domino's Pizza
Domino's Pizza
10/31/2020
10/31/2020
$22,95710/31/2020
$22,957
Assistant Manager-Hospitality-#525-Days/Evenings
Assistant Manager-Hospitality-#525-Days/Evenings
Sheetz, Inc.
Sheetz, Inc.
10/31/2020
10/31/2020
$34,43610/31/2020
$34,436
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Assistant Manager Demographics

Gender

female

59.5%

male

38.2%

unknown

2.3%

Ethnicity

White

72.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Asian

6.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

French

7.2%

Chinese

2.8%
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Assistant Manager Education

Majors

Degrees

High School Diploma

35.7%

Bachelors

31.2%

Associate

17.2%

Top Colleges for Assistant Managers

1. University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Tuition and fees
$11,830
Enrollment
29,474

2. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

Tuition and fees
$9,992
Enrollment
33,495

3. University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI

Tuition and fees
$10,555
Enrollment
30,360

4. SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

Delhi, NY

Tuition and fees
$8,360
Enrollment
3,142

5. Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Tuition and fees
$14,460
Enrollment
39,208

6. SUNY Farmingdale

Farmingdale, NY

Tuition and fees
$8,306
Enrollment
9,394

7. University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, MD

Tuition and fees
$10,595
Enrollment
30,184

8. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Tuition and fees
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

9. Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Tuition and fees
$15,374
Enrollment
19,564

10. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Tuition and fees
$55,188
Enrollment
15,105
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Entry Level Jobs For Becoming An Assistant Manager

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Top Skills For an Assistant Manager

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 10.4% of assistant managers listed inventory management on their resume, but soft skills such as leadership skills and communication skills are important as well.

  • Inventory Management, 10.4%
  • Customer Service, 8.8%
  • Store Management, 7.8%
  • Communication, 7.6%
  • Company Policies, 6.5%
  • Other Skills, 58.9%
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Best States For an Assistant Manager

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as an assistant manager. The best states for people in this position are New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and New York. Assistant managers make the most in New Jersey with an average salary of $71,301. Whereas in Connecticut and Delaware, they would average $71,072 and $65,422, respectively. While assistant managers would only make an average of $65,105 in New York, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. West Virginia

Total Assistant Manager Jobs:
1,127
Highest 10% Earn:
$106,000
Location Quotient:
1.47
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Delaware

Total Assistant Manager Jobs:
675
Highest 10% Earn:
$119,000
Location Quotient:
1.15
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Maine

Total Assistant Manager Jobs:
857
Highest 10% Earn:
$114,000
Location Quotient:
1.2
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Assistant Manager Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming an assistant manager. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

At Zippia, we went through countless assistant manager resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Learn How To Write an Assistant Manager Resume

At Zippia, we went through countless assistant manager resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Top Assistant Manager Employers

1. Family Dollar
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$30,920
Assistant Managers Hired: 
16,751+
2. Walmart
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$33,061
Assistant Managers Hired: 
12,420+
3. Dollar General
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$34,857
Assistant Managers Hired: 
11,124+
4. Domino's Pizza
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$30,491
Assistant Managers Hired: 
9,361+
5. Burger King
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$23,314
Assistant Managers Hired: 
9,074+
6. Subway
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$22,742
Assistant Managers Hired: 
8,994+

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Updated October 2, 2020