The Average Salary of a Cosmetics Counter Manager


A cosmetics counter manager oversees and directs the sales and service in the cosmetics department of a retail department store. These professionals motivate cosmetic sales associates to ensure sales goals are met. In May 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated salaries for this occupation under the broad occupational title of first-line supervisors of sales workers in department stores.


The minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) credential for this occupation. Along with education, employers require previous experience in retail sales and management, and prefer those who have specific experience in cosmetic sales. Basic computer skills are required to prepare sales and inventory reports for the department.

Average Salary

Cosmetic counter managers earn a yearly salary or hourly wages, depending on the employer. In most cases, these professionals receive bonuses or commissions based on the overall sales in the cosmetics department. In 2010, the average salary was $33,150 per year or $15.94 per hour for these professionals. This includes bonuses or commissions.


Salaries vary based on the employer type, the hours worked and the responsibilities of the cosmetic counter manager. The salary ranged from $20,800 or $10 per hour, to $48,600 per year or $23.41 per hour, which includes the BLS 10th through 90th percentiles. The 25th percentile earned $24,680 per year or $11.86 per hour and the 75th percentile earned $39,490 per year or $18.99 per hour.

Job Outlook

The employment of all retail sales worker supervisors is expected to grow about 5 percent through 2018. The retail sales industry is also expected to grow about 5 percent during this timeframe. Growth will result from individuals transferring out of this industry because retail jobs often require working irregular hours and some holidays. Others will move into higher-level retail management positions, resulting in opportunities for new departmental managers.

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