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Working As An Associate 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

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate 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 Associate 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
General Manager 4.9 years
Multi-Unit Manager 4.4 years
Store Manager 4.3 years
Manager 3.9 years
Associate Manager 3.0 years
Co-Manager 3.0 years
Floor Manager 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Associate Manager
Cashier 6.9%
Manager 6.1%
Internship 4.5%
Associate 3.3%
Server 3.0%
Supervisor 2.8%
Top Careers After Associate Manager
Manager 9.6%
Cashier 4.7%
Server 3.1%
Associate 2.2%
Internship 2.2%
Consultant 2.0%
Supervisor 1.9%

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Associate Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

49.9%

Male

41.2%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.2%

French

9.9%

Chinese

4.8%

German

4.8%

Mandarin

3.7%

Portuguese

3.2%

Italian

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Russian

2.8%

Arabic

1.9%

Korean

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Hindi

1.4%

Tagalog

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Gujarati

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Swedish

0.5%

Filipino

0.5%
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Associate Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.2%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

New York University

4.9%

University of Central Florida

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Strayer University

4.6%

Ashford University

4.5%

Montclair State University

4.4%

Johnson & Wales University

4.1%

Florida State University

4.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.0%

Kaplan University

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Kent State University

3.5%

Temple University

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.2%

University of Florida

3.1%
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Majors

Business

33.4%

Accounting

6.3%

Marketing

6.2%

Communication

5.4%

Management

5.2%

Psychology

5.1%

Finance

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Human Resources Management

2.9%

Nursing

2.7%

Computer Science

2.7%

General Studies

2.6%

English

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Other

23.1%

Masters

15.3%

Associate

12.1%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.5%
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$57,000
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Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does an Associate Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Manager in the United States is $87,067 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $131,000.

Real Associate Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate (Investment Fund Manager) Khosla Ventures, LLC Menlo Park, CA Sep 18, 2016 $200,000
Associate Manager, Clinical Development Cutanea Life Sciences Wayne, PA Oct 01, 2015 $165,000
Associate Manager, Clinical Development Cutanea Life Sciences Wayne, PA Aug 20, 2015 $165,000
SBC Associate Manager Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX May 19, 2015 $160,800
Strategy Associate Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 03, 2016 $152,796
Associate Manager, Strategy The Wonderful Company LLC Los Angeles, CA Mar 09, 2016 $142,800 -
$150,000
Strategy Associate Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 26, 2015 $140,000
Associate Manager, Dimensional Engineering Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 13, 2016 $140,000 -
$150,000
Associate Manager Accenture LLP San Jose, CA May 23, 2016 $133,800
Associate Manager Tax Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Nov 01, 2016 $133,697 -
$150,000
Associate Manager, CAE Engineering Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 07, 2016 $130,395
Policy Associate Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 07, 2016 $130,275
Associate Manager (FP&A), Infrastructure & Network Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 07, 2016 $130,000 -
$158,974
Associate Manager (Virtualization Technology Lead) Accenture LLP Houston, TX May 26, 2016 $108,700
Associate Manager Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jun 04, 2015 $108,312
Associate Manager Global Procurement Mattel, Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 09, 2015 $107,203
Associate Manager, Immuno-Oncology Celgene Corporation Seattle, WA Mar 10, 2016 $107,037 -
$115,000
Associate Manager Virtusa Corporation New York, NY Dec 22, 2015 $106,746
Associate Manager, Purchasing Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2015 $106,217
Associate Manager, Technology NB Ventures, Inc. Clark, NJ Sep 09, 2016 $106,000
Associate Manager Accenture LLP Dover, NH Jun 05, 2016 $95,900
User Acquisition Associate/Manager Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 15, 2015 $95,000
Associate Manager, Reporting American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Durham, NC Jan 12, 2016 $95,000 -
$105,000
Associate Manager Virtusa Corporation Troy, NY Dec 04, 2016 $95,000
Associate Manager Bristlecone Inc. Bowling Green, KY Oct 17, 2016 $95,000
Associate Manager, Buying Forever 21, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 12, 2016 $95,000
Associate Manager The Siegfried Group, LLP Vienna, VA Jun 22, 2015 $95,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Manager

  1. Customer Service
  2. Sales Floor
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted store manager and associates in the achievement of a favorable customer shopping experience and associate interest in customer service/relations.
  • Monitored personnel and sales floor to ensure ultimate customer service and satisfaction.
  • Facilitated staff training workshops related to operational policies and procedures.
  • Scheduled staff within payroll guidelines and delivered assigned reviews and feedback.
  • Interacted heavily with external auditors in support of the quarterly consolidation process and audit of financial statements.

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