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Salaries in retail are very attractive, with graduate scheme salaries starting at £25 – 30,000. This typically grows to £40,000+ within five years, and may even be significantly more.

Benefits within the retail industry are also generous, often including substantial staff discounts, gym memberships, pension schemes and private healthcare, bonuses and a car allowance for more senior members of staff.
Salaries vary greatly depending on your role and the area of the industry, so here’s a glimpse of what you could expect to earn in some roles and sectors.

Role

Level

Typical Salary

Buying Graduate entry level

17,000

Assistant Buyer

24,000

Junior Buyer

31,000

Buyer

40,000

Senior Buyer

60,00

Head of Buying

75,000

Buying Director

100,000

Merchandising Graduate entry level

17,000

Assistant Merchandiser

24,000

Junior Merchandiser

31,000

Senior Merchandiser

60,000

Merchandiser Controller

75,000

Merchandiser Director

110,000

Management Supervisor

£18,000

Department Manager

£28,000

Duty Manager

£37,000

Store Manager (stores with >30m turnover)

£48,000

Store Manager (stores with 30m –50m turnover)

£55,000

Store Manager (stores with 50m+ turnover)

£70,000

HR  Graduate entry level

24,000

HR Officer

29,00

Training Officer

36,000

HR Manager

35 – 45,000

Head of HR/HR Director

75 – 100,000

Finance Assistant Store Manager

15 – 31,000

Store Manager

19 – 48,000

Area Manager

40 – 75,000

Design Entry-level Designer

20,000

Assistant Designer

24,000

Designer

40,000

Senior Designer

50,000

Design Manager/Director

70,000

Figures are based on a national average, but will vary depending on experience and across different areas – figures will tend to be slightly lower in Scotland, Wales and the South West, and higher in London and the South East.

Salaries statistics integrated from various sources: SkillsSmart Retail, CIPD, The Appointment and Michael Page.

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