When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $22.20 per hour) can be spotted in Calabasas, Calif.; Dillon, S.C. ($14.50), Bellingham, Wash. (around $10.63), and Columbus, Ohio (approximately $9.63) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Jonesboro, Ark. — at $8.65, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in New Jersey, where pay average out at $14.48 per hour.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Assistant Store Managers, Head Cashiers, Warehouse Supervisors, and Cashiers; while the first receives the highest median pay at around $19.88 per hour, the other salaries come in at approximately $11.36, $11.19, and $9.36, respectively. Sales Associates make an average $8.10, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $15.00 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (57 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $9.39 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Being an OSHA Forklift Operator Certification certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $11.85 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Harbor Freight Tools provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) — these employees rake in $23.76 per hour.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Operations Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $19.14 per hour. Customer Service is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; a majority of Harbor Freight Tools' people use it regularly. Key skills also include Cash Handling, Retail, and Inventory Management.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at Harbor Freight Tools; the company rewards only one in seven respondents with paid vacation time and only one in four respondents with sick leave. More than two-fifths of workers report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance is part of the package for a majority of workers, and for a majority of survey participants, dental coverage is too. Some other advantages of working at Harbor Freight Tools are a casual working environment, paid holiday and sick leave, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.