Average Department Lead Salary
$33,000 yearly
$11.79 hourly
Updated July 8, 2021
$21,000
10 %
$33,000
Median
$52,000
90 %
Department leads in the United States make an average salary of $33,730 per year or $16.22 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $21,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $52,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Minnesota, and New York provide the highest department lead salaries.

Average Department Lead Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where department leads earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Department Lead average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$39,484
$39,484
$18.98
$18.98
Alaska
Alaska
$41,880
$41,880
$20.13
$20.13
Arizona
Arizona
$38,754
$38,754
$18.63
$18.63
Arkansas
Arkansas
$34,589
$34,589
$16.63
$16.63
California
California
$41,449
$41,449
$19.93
$19.93
Colorado
Colorado
$40,353
$40,353
$19.40
$19.40
Connecticut
Connecticut
$53,353
$53,353
$25.65
$25.65
Delaware
Delaware
$41,979
$41,979
$20.18
$20.18
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$50,943
$50,943
$24.49
$24.49
Florida
Florida
$35,354
$35,354
$17.00
$17.00
Georgia
Georgia
$39,349
$39,349
$18.92
$18.92
Hawaii
Hawaii
$45,052
$45,052
$21.66
$21.66
Idaho
Idaho
$40,524
$40,524
$19.48
$19.48
Illinois
Illinois
$43,727
$43,727
$21.02
$21.02
Indiana
Indiana
$35,928
$35,928
$17.27
$17.27
Iowa
Iowa
$42,029
$42,029
$20.21
$20.21
Kansas
Kansas
$34,022
$34,022
$16.36
$16.36
Kentucky
Kentucky
$37,076
$37,076
$17.82
$17.82
Louisiana
Louisiana
$35,196
$35,196
$16.92
$16.92
Maine
Maine
$39,205
$39,205
$18.85
$18.85
Maryland
Maryland
$42,328
$42,328
$20.35
$20.35
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$46,186
$46,186
$22.20
$22.20
Michigan
Michigan
$44,984
$44,984
$21.63
$21.63
Minnesota
Minnesota
$51,847
$51,847
$24.93
$24.93
Mississippi
Mississippi
$34,067
$34,067
$16.38
$16.38
Missouri
Missouri
$34,901
$34,901
$16.78
$16.78
Montana
Montana
$41,518
$41,518
$19.96
$19.96
Nebraska
Nebraska
$36,675
$36,675
$17.63
$17.63
Nevada
Nevada
$34,642
$34,642
$16.65
$16.65
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$49,996
$49,996
$24.04
$24.04
New Jersey
New Jersey
$52,631
$52,631
$25.30
$25.30
New Mexico
New Mexico
$35,664
$35,664
$17.15
$17.15
New York
New York
$50,025
$50,025
$24.05
$24.05
North Carolina
North Carolina
$34,190
$34,190
$16.44
$16.44
North Dakota
North Dakota
$41,964
$41,964
$20.18
$20.18
Ohio
Ohio
$43,642
$43,642
$20.98
$20.98
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$32,922
$32,922
$15.83
$15.83
Oregon
Oregon
$42,741
$42,741
$20.55
$20.55
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$43,184
$43,184
$20.76
$20.76
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$54,945
$54,945
$26.42
$26.42
South Carolina
South Carolina
$42,630
$42,630
$20.50
$20.50
South Dakota
South Dakota
$39,547
$39,547
$19.01
$19.01
Tennessee
Tennessee
$39,837
$39,837
$19.15
$19.15
Texas
Texas
$44,059
$44,059
$21.18
$21.18
Utah
Utah
$37,487
$37,487
$18.02
$18.02
Vermont
Vermont
$39,777
$39,777
$19.12
$19.12
Virginia
Virginia
$35,431
$35,431
$17.03
$17.03
Washington
Washington
$45,195
$45,195
$21.73
$21.73
West Virginia
West Virginia
$35,615
$35,615
$17.12
$17.12
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$46,813
$46,813
$22.51
$22.51
Wyoming
Wyoming
$36,636
$36,636
$17.61
$17.61

Highest Paying Cities For Department Lead

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Federal Way, WA
Federal Way, WA
$45,446
$45,446
$21.85
$21.85
Rohnert Park, CA
Rohnert Park, CA
$43,652
$43,652
$20.99
$20.99
Columbus, OH
Columbus, OH
$42,800
$42,800
$20.58
$20.58
Sparks, NV
Sparks, NV
$35,781
$35,781
$17.20
$17.20
Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis, IN
$35,617
$35,617
$17.12
$17.12
Asheville, NC
Asheville, NC
$33,870
$33,870
$16.28
$16.28

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Location

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Floor Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $25,926

    A floor supervisor is personnel hired by the hospitality and retail establishments who provide a quality experience to guests by inspecting the guest area's cleanliness. To maintain freshness, a floor supervisor collaborates with a manager to deploy custodial staff and train new employees. A floor supervisor must be knowledgeable in booking and checking-in guests and resolve complaints using his conflict resolution skills. Also, a floor supervisor should have an associate's degree in hospitality management.
    131,470 Floor Supervisor Jobs
    Stock Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $45,020

    A stock supervisor maintains supplies in warehouses, manufacturing units, and other storehouses. They give training to staff and update incoming and outgoing accessories records. They must be highly detail oriented. They also supervise all shipments received.
    29,990 Stock Supervisor Jobs
    Stores Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $34,570

    Store or retail supervisors are management professionals who are responsible for managing a team of staff members to ensure the smooth operation of a retail store. These supervisors are required to arrive early at the store so that they can open the store and disable the alarm system as well as prepare the cash registers. They must maintain inventory level and order new products when necessary while keeping records of every product available in their backroom. Store supervisors must also act as a customer service agent to help customers enjoy their experience in the store.
    105,977 Stores Supervisor Jobs
    Shift Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $30,853

    Shift supervisors are responsible for the employees assigned to the shift that they are handling. Shift supervisors ensure that the employees who were expected to report to work at the specific shift came in. They also ensure that the employees are doing their jobs while at work. Shift supervisors are expected to ensure that employees are really working during working hours and properly delegate work. Shift supervisors ensure that the employees are productive and efficient in their jobs. They are expected to provide coaching and guidance so that the employees will be able to reach the goals assigned to the work team.
    112,998 Shift Supervisor Jobs
    Area Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $46,511

    An area supervisor opens and closes the store, maintains a comfortable and friendly shop environment, and supervises associates. Area supervisors are responsible for keeping track of daily operations in the business. They are in charge of the maintenance, production, and other work performed in certain areas. Their responsibilities include the recruitment and training of staff, solving customer issues, updating records, and completing other tasks assigned by directors. It is also their responsibility to schedule the work hours of employees.
    36,153 Area Supervisor Jobs
    Dept Manager

    Avg. salary: $71,078

    A department manager is responsible for monitoring the operations of the assigned department, ensuring the maximum productivity and optimal performance of the staff. Department managers also coordinate with business partners, clients, and customers, as well as identifying business opportunities to drive more revenues and increase profitability. They handle department budgets and maintain the proper allocation of resources to support project management and deliverables. A department manager must have excellent communication and leadership skills, managing the staff's needs, and providing excellent support.
    78,390 Dept Manager Jobs

    Department Lead Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a department lead can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    Company

    Recently Added Department Lead Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Clinical Leader-Emergency Department--Nights (4 Shifts).
    Clinical Leader-Emergency Department--Nights (4 Shifts).
    Iowa City, IA
    Iowa City, IA
    06/23/2021
    06/23/2021
    $62,756
    $62,756
    06/23/2021
    Shipping Department Lead
    Shipping Department Lead
    Jonestown, PA
    Jonestown, PA
    06/23/2021
    06/23/2021
    $43,827
    $43,827
    06/23/2021
    Leader-Department Maintenance-Lnc
    Leader-Department Maintenance-Lnc
    Liberty, NC
    Liberty, NC
    05/27/2021
    05/27/2021
    $75,000
    $75,000
    05/27/2021
    Department Lead
    Department Lead
    Everett, WA
    Everett, WA
    05/27/2021
    05/27/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    05/27/2021
    Department Lead
    Department Lead
    Everett, WA
    Everett, WA
    05/22/2021
    05/22/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    05/22/2021
    Lead Shipping Department
    Lead Shipping Department
    Saint Charles, IL
    Saint Charles, IL
    03/29/2021
    03/29/2021
    $37,566
    $37,566
    03/29/2021
    Hunting Department Lead
    Hunting Department Lead
    Coon Rapids, MN
    Coon Rapids, MN
    03/28/2021
    03/28/2021
    $25,044
    $25,044
    03/28/2021
    Hunting Department Lead
    Hunting Department Lead
    Federal Way, WA
    Federal Way, WA
    03/26/2021
    03/26/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    03/26/2021
    Goodwill Indy
    Goodwill Indy
    Outlet Department Leader-West Washington ST. Outlet
    Outlet Department Leader-West Washington ST. Outlet
    Outlet Department Leader-West Washington ST. Outlet
    Indianapolis, IN
    Indianapolis, IN
    03/19/2021
    03/19/2021
    $39,653
    $39,653
    03/19/2021
    Seasonal Meal Compliance Leader-Department of Community Services
    Seasonal Meal Compliance Leader-Department of Community Services
    Nunez, GA
    Nunez, GA
    03/19/2021
    03/19/2021
    $22,957
    $22,957
    03/19/2021

    Average Department Lead Salary by Demographic

    Department Lead Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $33,026
    female-income
    Female Income
    $30,580
    Median Department Lead Income by Race
    Asian department leads have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american department leads have the lowest average salary at $30,968.
    $33,000
    $32,000
    $31,000
    $30,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$31,969
    Black or African American$30,968
    Asian$32,192
    Unknown$31,870
    Hispanic or Latino$32,016
    Average Department Lead Salary by Education Level
    Department leads with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $43,207 annually. With a Bachelors degree, department leads earn a median annual income of $37,835 compared to $34,224 for department leads with an Associate degree.
    $46,000
    $43,000
    $40,000
    $37,000
    $34,000
    $31,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$33,026
    Some College/ Associate Degree$34,224
    Bachelor's Degree$37,835
    Master's Degree$43,207