‘Superstore’: What is Dina’s Job Title and How Much Would She Make in Real Life?

Dina Fox is among the most polarizing and mysterious characters on Superstore. Her by-the-book persona is oddly in contrast to her somewhat threatening management tactics. Her obsession with security at Cloud 9 has left many fans to believe she serves as a loss prevention manager, but Dina is actually the assistant store manager. So, how much money does Dina make as a Cloud 9 employee and is it enough money to keep her and her birds happy?

What is Dina’s role at Cloud 9?

Dina’s role at Cloud 9 is kind of confusing. It’s hard to figure out precisely what she does on a daily basis. Because she spends a fair amount of time checking the surveillance cameras, it’s often assumed that she’s some type of security guard. Several fans have suggested that she’s filling the role of loss prevention manager.

Dina Fox from 'Superstore'
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To figure out Dina’s job title, you just have to look to her name tag. Dina’s official title is the assistant store manager. That mean’s at the start of the show she is the second in command behind Glenn and one step above, Amy, who serves as a floor supervisor during the show’s early seasons. Once Amy is promoted to manager, Dina works directly under her.

Now that we know what Dina actually does for the store, we can figure out how much she would make. As everyone knows, Amy makes a staggering $109,000 for her role as the store manager.  While Dina is directly under Amy in the retail hierarchy, she likely makes substantially less money than her.

How much money would Dina make in real life?

Dina’s job title of assistant store manager might not seem all that impressive, but there is a lot that goes into managing a store. The assistant store manager is second in command and is involved in much of the day-to-day operation of a retail location. While Dina seemed to put much of her effort into surveillance, she has various responsibilities.  

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The average salary for an assistant store manager in St. Louis $52,000 a year, according to Glassdoor. Compensation for an assistant store manager is mainly dependent on the employee’s experience and the number of years they’ve been with a company. Salary is also reliant on where the store is located and the type of retailer. For example, a Walmart assistant store manager makes an average of $51,100, while an assistant manager at Home Depot garners an average salary of $65,000 a year.

Because Dina has clearly been with the company for a long time, her salary is likely slightly higher than the average collected by Glassdoor. One can assume that the bird-obsessed Dina probably clears $55,000 to $60,000 a year.

Does she make enough money to keep herself afloat in St. Louis?

Let’s assume that Dina makes around $55,000 each year as an assistant store manager at Cloud 9. If that’s the case, she more than likely can live comfortably in St. Louis. According to Payscale, the cost of living in St. Louis is 6% lower than the national average.

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Dina would likely need to pay about $800 a month in rent for a one-bedroom apartment. Utilities, including cable and a cell phone, would add an additional $300 per month to her bills. If Dina spends the national average of $200 per month on groceries to feed herself, one can assume her necessary living costs will amount to $1,300 per month. That figure does not include in a car payment, insurance, and gas to get around. Add an additional $500 per month to support a vehicle, and Dina is still spending less than $2,000 per month to live.

After taxes, Dina’s take-home pay would be $3,568 each month. If her bills cost around $1,800 each month, that leaves Dina at around $1700 per month to spend on her birds and other hobbies. Overall, she’s not doing too bad based on the numbers.