College Retailers Report Higher Salaries

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College Retailers Report Higher Salaries

OBERLIN, Ohio -- College store industry workers in North America saw salaries exceed the inflation rate for 2006 into 2007, an improvement over the prior period. However, employees in managerial and directorial positions earned less than $50,000 in the U.S., and less than $64,000 in Canada, reported a recent survey sponsored by the NACS Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association of College Stores (NACS).

The average salary increase for college store employees ranged between 2.5 percent and 6.37 percent for 2006 to 2007. Information systems managers/data processing managers received the highest increase at 6.37 percent, while office manager/supervisor positions saw the lowest increase at 2.5 percent. As of Jan. 1, 2006, the average salary of a college store manager/director was $45,715, compared to $41,869 in 2004. The average salary of an assistant manager/director was $33,239 in 2006 compared to $30,259 in 2004.

"Location and store sales volume continue to influence salaries," said Julie Traylor, NACS' director of planning and research. "In general, salaries are higher in stores with higher sales volume. Salaries also tend to be higher in urban areas than rural areas, and are generally higher in the western U.S. region."

The average salary for other college store positions are:
-- Operations Manager, $40,376
-- Merchandise/Marketing Manager, $38,570
-- Book Department Manager, $38,859
-- MS/Data Processing Manager, $42,041

The College Stores Salary and Benefits Survey is published by the foundation every two years. Participants totaled 1,587 stores for this year's survey.