How Much Do General Managers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

General Managers

General Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations, overseeing multiple departments or locations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services. Usually manage through subordinate supervisors.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$125740 per year
Hourly wage
$60 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$45,850 to $67,450 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$22 to $32 per hour

Entry-level General and Operations Managers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $45,850 to $67,450 per year or $22 to $32 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of General and Operations Managers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $100+ $208,000+
Senior (Top 25%) $77 $161,190
Middle (Mid 50%) $50 $103,650
Junior (Bottom 25%) $32 $67,450
No experience (Bottom 10%) $22 $45,850

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NJ $83 $172,790
CT $78 $161,460
NY $76 $159,050
DC $76 $159,000
DE $75 $155,860
RI $75 $155,290
CO $69 $144,390
MA $69 $144,000
CA $68 $141,730
WI $67 $138,540

Another simple way to increase your salary as a General and Operations Manager is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NJ doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NJ might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid General Managers are in the states of NJ, CT, NY, DC and DE.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank $209260 $100.61
Scientific Research and Development Services $198730 $95.54
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $194190 $93.36
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $193850 $93.20
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $177380 $85.28
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $176970 $85.08
Other Investment Pools and Funds $174170 $83.74
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $172260 $82.82
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $170340 $81.90
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $168830 $81.17
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing $167040 $80.31
Insurance Carriers $166940 $80.26
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $166200 $79.90
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $165140 $79.40
Other Information Services $165130 $79.39
Management of Companies and Enterprises $162410 $78.08
Oil and Gas Extraction $160860 $77.34
Chemical Manufacturing $160490 $77.16
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $160460 $77.15
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds $160080 $76.96
Software Publishers $159970 $76.91
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $159840 $76.85
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $158070 $76.00
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $158070 $76.00
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $157700 $75.82
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $157660 $75.80
Specialty Hospitals $157510 $75.73
Household Appliance Manufacturing $157190 $75.57
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $156780 $75.37
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $156510 $75.24

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