What does an Area Manager do?

Area managers are responsible for ensuring the proper and effective operation of a business. This role requires individuals to oversee the day-to-day work and operations of lower-level employees to ensure adherence to organization guidelines. Area managers may also take on human resources duties, to include interviewing and hiring new staff. This role may also require creating and implementing new operational standards.

Area managers do not require any specific degree. However, a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a G.E.D.) may be preferred. An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in relevant fields may be necessary, depending on the industry and specialization. Any certificates, licenses and registration needs will vary depending on industry. Area managers should possess key interpersonal and communication skills. Strong leadership skills will also be necessary for effective management.

  • Manage day-to-day operations within the organization
  • Oversee employee work on a daily basis to ensure adherence to organizational standards and guidelines
  • Meet regularly with managed employees to provide critical feedback and encouragement
  • Manage employee schedules, to include setting hours and timesheets
  • Track employee activity, to include successful completion of designated tasks
  • Liaise with senior-level officers to coordinate and report on ongoing issues
  • Create and deliver reports to senior-level officers and maintain effective meeting notes
  • Identify organizational or employee-related issues and create effective solutions
  • Previous work experience may qualify in place of high school diploma
  • An Associate's or Bachelor's degree may be preferred for management in specialized fields
  • 0-5 years of experience, depending on industry
  • Proven leadership skills and the ability to effectively manage others
  • Distinct communication skills, to include a willingness to offer positive and negative feedback as needed
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a proven ability communicate across different levels of an organization
  • Working knowledge of basic computer operating systems, such as Windows or MacOS
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to create easily-followed guidelines for others
  • Strongly self-motivated, to include studying and maintaining working knowledge of industry standards and trends

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

English Language
Microsoft Office Suite
Effective Communication
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Area Manager Seniority Levels

Area Manager
Leader of Sales
16% made the transition
Regional Manager
32% made the transition
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Area Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$71,398 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $71K
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