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Working As A Store 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

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Store 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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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
Store Director 5.6 years
Store Owner 5.3 years
Store Manager 4.0 years
Co-Manager 3.0 years
Associate Manager 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Store Manager
Manager 6.3%
Cashier 5.7%
Co-Manager 3.0%
Supervisor 2.4%
Owner 1.7%
Internship 1.7%
Top Careers After Store Manager
Manager 6.7%
Cashier 4.6%
Owner 3.5%
Supervisor 2.3%
Co-Manager 2.1%

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Store Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

48.5%

Female

44.3%

Unknown

7.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

French

6.8%

Arabic

4.0%

German

3.1%

Portuguese

2.9%

Italian

2.6%

Russian

2.3%

Hindi

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Mandarin

2.1%

Korean

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Urdu

1.5%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Cantonese

0.8%

Polish

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Greek

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%

Armenian

0.4%
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Store Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

31.1%

Ashford University

5.5%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Strayer University

4.3%

Liberty University

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

The Academy

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.4%

Miami Dade College

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Florida State University

3.2%

Johnson & Wales University

3.1%

Ohio State University

3.0%

Kent State University

2.9%

University of South Florida

2.8%

University of North Texas

2.7%
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Majors

Business

39.8%

Marketing

5.3%

Accounting

5.2%

Management

5.0%

Psychology

4.9%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

General Studies

3.9%

Communication

3.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Nursing

2.4%

Education

2.4%

Computer Science

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.2%

Finance

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%

English

2.0%

Political Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.4%

Other

32.0%

Associate

15.6%

Masters

7.1%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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$33,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Store Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Store Manager in the United States is $53,649 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $85,000.

Real Store Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Retail Manager Accenture LLP Deerfield, IL Sep 21, 2016 $190,600
SAP Retail Manager Accenture LLP Eden Prairie, MN Sep 21, 2016 $190,600
SAP Retail Manager Accenture LLP Minneapolis, MN Sep 21, 2016 $190,600
Manager, Retail Solutions Integral Development Corporation New York, NY May 23, 2016 $160,000
Store Manager Miami Automotive Retail, Inc. Miami, FL Nov 18, 2015 $157,227
SAP Retail Manager Accenture LLP Pittsburgh, PA Oct 15, 2015 $144,248
Manager, Retail Systems VF Sportswear, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 01, 2016 $110,000
Manager of Forecasting and Site Location Delhaize America Shared Services Group, LLC Scarborough, ME Jul 30, 2015 $107,058
Digital Front Store Operations Manager CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Woonsocket, RI Mar 02, 2015 $105,000
Store Manager Bi-Lo Holding, LLC Jacksonville, FL Nov 01, 2015 $102,000 -
$150,000
Manager, Store Operations Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 21, 2015 $95,500
Store Manager Sam's Discount Beauty Chicago, IL Mar 15, 2016 $91,624
Supermarket Store Manager Schnuck Markets, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Sep 05, 2015 $90,000 -
$115,000
Manager, Core Assurance-Retail & Consumer Pricewaterhousecoopers Miami, FL Jul 19, 2016 $83,741 -
$120,800
Store Manager SNK Beauty LLC New Haven, CT Jun 09, 2016 $56,576
Store Manager Kripps Jewelers Silver Spring, MD Jul 27, 2016 $56,326
Store Manager Shiraz Beverage Inc. Clute, TX Jul 22, 2016 $56,000
Store Manager Magnum Wireless Inc. Houston, TX Jun 30, 2016 $56,000
Store Manager Phones R Us, Inc. Houston, TX May 24, 2016 $56,000
Store Manager Phones R Us, Inc. Houston, TX May 19, 2016 $56,000
Store Manager Arya C-Store Inc. Dba Shop N Go Houston, TX Sep 13, 2016 $55,500
Store Manager A 2 Z Overseas Trading Inc. Dba Airway Houston, TX Oct 05, 2016 $55,328
Retail Store Manager Seneca Enterprises, Inc. CA Feb 11, 2015 $51,813
Store Manager Iris Skincare, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 29, 2015 $51,813
Store Manager Blue Stone Lane Holdings LLC New York, NY Oct 22, 2015 $51,000
Store Manager Ana Brothers Inc. Dba Stock-Up Food Mart TX Sep 05, 2016 $51,000
Store Manager Grocer's Enterprise Inc. Dba Teri Metro Mart Austin, TX Jul 29, 2016 $51,000
Cell Phone Store Manager Wireless Only Inc. Austin, TX Sep 05, 2016 $50,939
Retail Store Manager RJM Speedy Inc. Austin, TX Dec 07, 2016 $50,939
Store Manager Aelina Enterprises Inc. Dba Leander Grocery Leander, TX Sep 05, 2016 $50,939

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Top Skills for A Store Manager

  1. Customer Service
  2. Store Operations
  3. Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Supervised retail store operations that encompassed: merchandising, inventory and quality control and maintenance needs.
  • Managed payroll expenses to maximize company profits in a changing retail environment.
  • Monitored sales floor to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Job duties included dual store management, customer service/sales, inventory/loss prevention, recruitment/training of staff, and store merchandising/allocations.

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