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Store Manager

Find out how to become a store manager and work in the retail industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Store Manager is $55,000 - 75,100 annually

What does a Store Manager do?

Store managers work in retail settings and manage the operations of a range of retail services including staff management, stock control and security. Employment for store managers to 2019 is expected to show moderate growth over the next 5 years. Employment in this very large occupation (231,000 in 2017) remained stable over the last 5 years.

What are the key skills of a Store Manager?

Store managers are responsible for the smooth and safe running of retail outlets. They deal with stock control, staffing, budgets and customer satisfaction.

  • Marketing and promotional activities related to an individual retail outlet or chain
  • Managing stock control processes and keeping accurate records
  • Taking responsibility for marketing and purchase policies
  • Ensuring that customers receive excellent service and advice
  • Recruiting, supervising and training staff
  • Making sure that all legal requirements are met, including health and safety requirements

How to become a Store Manager

Formal qualifications are not essential in becoming a Store Manager, as this role can be learnt through on-the-job training and experience. However, possessing qualifications in retail can look favorable to employers.

If you want to work your way up into this senior position, complementing your existing skill set in retail with a BSB50420 - Diploma of Leadership and Management can help advance your career.

Quick facts

Working as a store manager gives you the opportunity to make the most of your personal skills whilst demonstrating your understanding of sales and marketing issues.

Employment for Store Managers is expected to fall over the next five years. From 205,700 in 2020 to 198,500 jobs by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    47 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Retail trade; accommodation and food services; and other industries
  • Job Growth 
    Expected to fall over the next five years. From 205,700 in 2020 to 198,500 by 2025. 

* 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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