Department managers pay
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LowesLifer

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#1 Apr 25, 2012
What do dept. managers top out at? Pay?
nedm

Bridgewater, MA

#2 Apr 25, 2012
Depends on the pay level of the store. Where I am I'd say it is around $19..maybe a tad higher. I'd imagine LA,SF, Manhattan might be $24 since levels are about 10% apart.
MDLow

Westland, MI

#3 Apr 25, 2012
Low $20's
hot in la

Enterprise, AL

#4 May 9, 2012
Extremely regional. Southeast, as low as $12/13, more in metro areas. Totally based on store sales and locations.

Example:, based on zip code and volume here, almost a $3/dollar hour difference within 50 miles.
nedm

Bridgewater, MA

#5 May 9, 2012
Reminds me that Brooklyn and Staten island are pretty different because there's fewer people on the island.

I wouldn't exactly say it is regional but more on the competition. Upstate maine is bottom run (presque isle) same with some of the midwest. NOLA area is more I think due to the labor scarcity and housing.

I really cannot fathom a dm working for $12/13..it just doesn't add up. I had a dm that went to AZ when Phoenix was booming. Paid him the same and he was thrilled...until the bubble burst and he wanted back.

Lowes will pay employees to move but they won't pay to move back..that's the kicker.

Since: Jul 11

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#6 May 9, 2012
nedm wrote:
Reminds me that Brooklyn and Staten island are pretty different because there's fewer people on the island.
I wouldn't exactly say it is regional but more on the competition. Upstate maine is bottom run (presque isle) same with some of the midwest. NOLA area is more I think due to the labor scarcity and housing.
I really cannot fathom a dm working for $12/13..it just doesn't add up. I had a dm that went to AZ when Phoenix was booming. Paid him the same and he was thrilled...until the bubble burst and he wanted back.
Lowes will pay employees to move but they won't pay to move back..that's the kicker.
You really need to do more research. Lowes will cover moving costs for Store Managers. At one time Ops Managers as well, but they no longer exist. DMs,(Dept. Managers, not what was once District Managers) won't even get directions to the new store.
Jeff

Orlando, FL

#7 May 9, 2012
I wish nedm would go back under the bridge where trolls belong. Go join your buddy Spanish Mike! ahahahahaha!
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#8 May 10, 2012
exmanager I know they'll pay for moving costs for store managers and ops at the time. I knew one former ZM that had expenses paid. But like I said the company helped in moving to a place but not going back. It actually is pretty extensive on the SM level.
Pse

United States

#9 May 10, 2012
I was department manager in tx for 5 years and some of the department managers made as low as 13.71 which was the minimum. The average was around $17.50 in the city of Houston. The most paid were in the low $20s. I'm a PSE number 1 in Region 15 and I asked for a raise because I'm at the bottom of the spectrum and was told Lowes is not allowing raises do to the economy. I asked him if I will get more than a 3% raise if I become # 1 in the company and was told no. Lowe's has severe problems with rewarding performers. I have had no natural disasters in my area to push me to the top either.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#10 May 10, 2012
PSE I'd just ask if another metro has a higher pay scale. If so you could transfer. I've heard about some being maxed out. Rewards can be odd. I know a commercial specialist that was given a $50 gift card for selling a $10,000 order. That isn't even 1%..and it was actually returned a few days later (the order not the reward)
Pse

Walker, LA

#11 May 10, 2012
nedm wrote:
PSE I'd just ask if another metro has a higher pay scale. If so you could transfer. I've heard about some being maxed out. Rewards can be odd. I know a commercial specialist that was given a $50 gift card for selling a $10,000 order. That isn't even 1%..and it was actually returned a few days later (the order not the reward)
The process for end of the year raises needs to be overhauled because it is a joke for top performers and breeds incopitance. I work harder for rewards not to be compensated at the end of the year like the poor performers. I could understand if I was on the top end end of the pay scale but im on the bottom end. Currently the system encourages those who enjoy there current positionand and perform to jump ship.
SouthStrMgr

United States

#12 May 10, 2012
Pse wrote:
I was department manager in tx for 5 years and some of the department managers made as low as 13.71 which was the minimum. The average was around $17.50 in the city of Houston. The most paid were in the low $20s. I'm a PSE number 1 in Region 15 and I asked for a raise because I'm at the bottom of the spectrum and was told Lowes is not allowing raises do to the economy. I asked him if I will get more than a 3% raise if I become # 1 in the company and was told no. Lowe's has severe problems with rewarding performers. I have had no natural disasters in my area to push me to the top either.
Lowes has never given raises based on sales or business results on the individual level. Only two ways to substantially impact your annual income. 1 is to maximize your bonus potential in whatever position you hold, or 2, seek a promotion.
and

Mooresville, NC

#13 May 10, 2012
SouthStrMgr wrote:
<quoted text> Lowes has never given raises based on sales or business results on the individual level. Only two ways to substantially impact your annual income. 1 is to maximize your bonus potential in whatever position you hold, or 2, seek a promotion.
don't forget insider trading
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#14 May 10, 2012
eh. There is a clause about short selling. Insider trading happens on most levels but thing is in excess. Besides when you own a huge chunk of stock you have to eventually file with the SEC. For example Bill Gates cannot sell off half of what he owns in Microsoft overnight.

A SM gave a talk at my store once that the only way to make more money is basically to move up. Given that spiffs and sos is gone this is more true today.
Pse

Walker, LA

#15 May 10, 2012
There is another way to make more money which is by leaving lowes and working for one of its competitors and maybe thats why many of the stores are field with incompetence. Store Managers hire idiots all the time At high rates because they claim they knows this and that and since the store manager came from kroger he has know way to check for integrity. It's just ridiculous to know that my store has 2 PSE's and one is number 1 in the region and one is dead last in the region, however, the last place in the regions base salary is $35,000 and mine is $30,000. It's a socializesd system because it's basically like giving A students in school the average grade of the class. The A students either leave or lower there standards. I know the unfair pay structure does nothing but hurt lowes. I have had cashiers make more an hour than me as a department manager which I did for 5 years. I personal feel if lowes does not fix its reward system for creativity and productivity it may not be around 10 years from now.
NewBee

Van Alstyne, TX

#16 May 18, 2012
Are there any lowes leaders veiwing these post or are all followers?

I am new to Lowes and I Like it! I have been in the DIY, Home building bussiness 20+ years.
Lowes has put in place many great programs but none are given the time or attention to be successful.

Policys change before they can be implemented and have a chance to succeed.

It is if what is important is what is important today!(and that can change hour to hour) so what is IMPACT,IRP's,Iphone usage,ECT.....
Sly

Birmingham, AL

#17 Sep 23, 2012
I make just under $14 an hour managing the Seasonal Department in one of the top performing stores in my area. It really isn't worth it. This is a 16-18 dollar an hour job. A department manager should be paid a living wage, especially since corporate rotation makes it impossible to get a part time job.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#18 Sep 24, 2012
I'd argue the only way to get a raise would be to get in higher demand. Cross train in other departments. Take some longer vacations to illusrate their dependency on you.

Maybe get some friends to call up HR as headhunters asking if contracts can be bought out. When they reply you aren't under contract just say "Great" and hang up.

Technically lowes doesn't really want long term employees. The growth in the company is gone, there are hardly any more new stores. Due to that few are moving up unless someone gets fired, quits or passes away.As long as the unemployment rate is high and there's no local competition they won't really raise wages.
DMxMD

Gardner, KS

#20 Sep 24, 2012
nedm wrote:
I'd argue the only way to get a raise would be to get in higher demand. Cross train in other departments. Take some longer vacations to illusrate their dependency on you.
Maybe get some friends to call up HR as headhunters asking if contracts can be bought out. When they reply you aren't under contract just say "Great" and hang up.
Technically lowes doesn't really want long term employees. The growth in the company is gone, there are hardly any more new stores. Due to that few are moving up unless someone gets fired, quits or passes away.As long as the unemployment rate is high and there's no local competition they won't really raise wages.
You are so out of touch its not even funny. I really wish you would stop answering questions from employees. You can post all you want on general topics. It's a free country, but when an employee asks a lowes related question they in absolutely no way want your input as an outsider. You're wrong half the time anyway. Who on earth would call a currrent employer in retail and ask if they can buy someone out of "contract"? That's stupid. Thus guys boss is going to know something is up or worse yet, know he's job hunting,(whether he is or not). Then he's really screwed.
Not Nedm

Mooresville, NC

#21 Sep 24, 2012
nedm wrote:
I'd argue the only way to get a raise would be to get in higher demand. Cross train in other departments. Take some longer vacations to illusrate their dependency on you.
Maybe get some friends to call up HR as headhunters asking if contracts can be bought out. When they reply you aren't under contract just say "Great" and hang up.
Technically lowes doesn't really want long term employees. The growth in the company is gone, there are hardly any more new stores. Due to that few are moving up unless someone gets fired, quits or passes away.As long as the unemployment rate is high and there's no local competition they won't really raise wages.
You really are an idiot! You should know that your comments are in no way helpful to ANYONE that works at Lowes!

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