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Retail Area Manager

Find out how to become retail area manager in the retail sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Retail Area Manager is $65,000 – 94,800 annually


Retail area managers are responsible for supervising employees in one section or department of a retail store. Employment for this role is expected to grow moderately to 2022, from 231,000 workers in 2017 to 238,300 by 2022. 137,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

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Key skills

Retail area managers must exhibit strong leadership, time management, communication and organisational skills within a fast-paced work environment.

  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills to work with a team of other retail staff
  • Excellent delegation and leadership skills to ensure all daily work priorities are being taken care of
  • Top-notch time management skills for ensuring all daily tasks are executed
  • Sound knowledge of business products to advise customers (or potential customers) on use
  • Strong customer service and problem solving skills for handling complaints and inquiries
  • Sound knowledge of organisational OH&S regulations

Quick facts

Retail area managers work in most regions of Australia and have plenty of opportunities in this growing Australian industry. Here are a few more key facts.

  • Average Hours Worked
    44 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Retail trade; accommodation and food services; and other industries
  • Average qualification level
    14.2% Advanced Diploma/Diploma

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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