Updated August 22, 2022

Average General Manager Salary

$71,581yearly

To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$34.41 hourly

Entry level Salary
$40,000 yearly
$40,000
10 %
$71,581
Median
$126,000
90 %

How much does a General Manager make?

General managers make $71,581 per year on average, or $34.41 per hour, in the United States. General managers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $40,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $126,000.

Location impacts how much a general manager can expect to make. General managers make the most in Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Washington, and Connecticut.

Highest Paying States For General Managers

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

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General Manager average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Hawaii$95,591$45.96398
2New York$90,157$43.345,931
3California$92,259$44.3613,137
4New Jersey$92,019$44.243,478
5Connecticut$90,471$43.501,389
6Washington$91,758$44.112,789
7Nevada$79,007$37.98931
8North Carolina$63,122$30.355,159
9Alaska$87,142$41.90272
10Delaware$74,659$35.89561
11District of Columbia$90,433$43.48531
12Pennsylvania$67,353$32.385,243
13Massachusetts$81,767$39.313,365
14Virginia$69,783$33.554,296
15Maryland$69,927$33.622,953
16Texas$59,105$28.4211,340
17Wisconsin$60,591$29.132,768
18Michigan$59,071$28.404,087
19Rhode Island$73,099$35.14493
20Alabama$57,627$27.712,520
21Ohio$56,892$27.355,823
22New Hampshire$63,577$30.57758
23Tennessee$54,522$26.213,347
24Oregon$67,572$32.491,631
25Louisiana$54,753$26.321,985
26Illinois$59,334$28.535,456
27Maine$58,393$28.07570
28Indiana$52,897$25.433,560
29Colorado$61,035$29.342,529
30Florida$56,483$27.167,587
31South Dakota$58,600$28.17321
32South Carolina$51,063$24.552,791
33Georgia$53,419$25.685,227
34Kentucky$48,777$23.452,317
35West Virginia$51,089$24.56771
36Minnesota$56,162$27.002,964
37New Mexico$56,980$27.39799
38Arizona$55,772$26.812,527
39Utah$50,614$24.331,504
40Oklahoma$46,895$22.551,576
41Idaho$54,168$26.04599
42Missouri$44,623$21.453,194
43Wyoming$44,767$21.52303
44Kansas$44,521$21.401,559
45Montana$46,694$22.45505
46Mississippi$40,819$19.621,069
47Iowa$45,231$21.751,559
48Arkansas$40,623$19.531,317
49Vermont$50,305$24.19238
50North Dakota$44,255$21.28372
51Nebraska$45,451$21.85879

Highest Paying Cities For General Managers

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$98,643$47.42
2Des Moines, WA$93,660$45.03
3New York, NY$90,656$43.58
4Washington, DC$90,607$43.56
5Boston, MA$81,775$39.31
6Las Vegas, NV$78,488$37.73
7Virginia Beach, VA$70,308$33.80
8Baltimore, MD$70,146$33.72
9Philadelphia, PA$67,980$32.68
10Portland, OR$67,193$32.30
11Jacksonville, NC$65,097$31.30
12San Antonio, TX$62,095$29.85
13Colorado Springs, CO$61,412$29.52
14Milwaukee, WI$61,061$29.36
15Chicago, IL$59,793$28.75

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Des Moines, WA
  3. New York, NY
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Boston, MA

General Manager Salary Details

Average General Manager Salary Graph
Average General Manager Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a General Manager's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$126,000$10,500$61
75th Percentile$96,000$8,000$46
Average$71,581$5,965$34
25th Percentile$53,000$4,417$25
10th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Manager On Duty$37,423$3,119$17.99318,375
Multi-Unit Manager$64,703$5,392$31.11369,227
District Manager$96,909$8,076$46.59373,525
Branch Operations Manager$55,450$4,621$26.66354,841
Retail Operation Manager$76,518$6,377$36.79408,776
Area Operations Manager$49,256$4,105$23.68340,513

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Kroger Jobs (1,111)
  2. Best Buy Jobs (1,030)
  3. Chipotle Mexican Grill Jobs (1,070)
  4. Burger King Jobs (2,195)
  5. Taco Bell Jobs (1,872)

Which Companies Pay General Managers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, NVIDIA and Google are the highest paying companies for general managers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1NVIDIA$209,406$100.686
2Google$194,200$93.3752
3Meta$193,727$93.14417
4Bristol-Myers Squibb$178,290$85.72364
5VMware$177,416$85.30111
6Exxon Mobil$175,656$84.4517
7Microsoft$174,650$83.9757
8Zoetis$172,301$82.849
9Abbott$169,824$81.65116
10AEA Investors$168,631$81.0759
11Apple$167,846$80.70749
12Golden State Water$165,811$79.72
13Amphenol$165,595$79.61
14Bridgewater Associates$163,672$78.69
15UST Global$163,428$78.571
16General Electric$162,696$78.2264
17Fluke$162,058$77.91
18Mapbox$161,163$77.486
19Clean Harbors$159,864$76.8625
20CITGO Petroleum$155,812$74.91

General Manager Salary Trends

The salary for a general manager 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.

General Manager Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$29,500$14.18
Mid Level$45,500$21.89
Senior Level$82,600$39.69

Average General Manager Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    General Manager Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$71,600$34.41+2.8%
    2021$69,600$33.46-0.1%
    2020$69,700$33.51+0.5%
    2019$69,300$33.34+1.1%
    2018$68,600$32.97+1.6%

    Recently Added General Manager Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    McDonald'sGeneral ManagerProvidence, RI07/26/2022$52,000
    Compass Group Poland Sp. z O.O.General Manager of Mecca Sports Bar and Grill (Salary Range From)Milwaukee, WI07/26/2022$75,000
    McDonald'sGeneral ManagerWyoming, MI07/26/2022$33,392
    Culvers RestaurantGeneral Manager-Culver'sParker, CO07/26/2022$50,088
    Club Car WashGeneral ManagerWashington, DC07/26/2022$75,000
    Lev Restaurant GroupGeneral ManagerHenderson, NV07/26/2022$60,000
    McDonald'sGeneral ManagerSuffolk, VA07/26/2022$42,000
    North StateGeneral ManagerKalamazoo, MI07/26/2022$70,000
    Regis CorporationGeneral ManagerPahrump, NV07/26/2022$65,000
    Servpro New YorkGeneral ManagerWesterly, RI07/26/2022$90,000

    General Manager Salaries FAQs

    What state pays General Managers the most?

    Hawaii pays General Managers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $95,591 per year, or $45.96 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a General Manager?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a General Manager if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $92,259 per year.

    What type of General Manager gets paid the most?

    Vice President & General Manager gets paid the most. Vice President & General Manager made a median salary of $172,487. The best-paid 10 percent make $219,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $135,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a General Manager?

    A good starting salary for a general manager is $36,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a general manager in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for general managers is $65,517, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a general manager can vary by state.

    How much money does a McDonald's general manager make?

    A Mcdonald's general manager makes $48,000 annually, on average. This annual salary is somewhat lower than general manager salaries at other companies. There are several factors that influence a general manager's actual salary at Mcdonald's.

    What is a good salary for a general manager?

    A good salary for a general manager is $100,000 per year, or close to it. There are many factors that influence the salary of a general manager, including their work experience and field of expertise.

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