When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($21.00 per hour) can be spotted in Worcester, Mass.; Calabasas, Calif. ($19.49), Bellingham, Wash. (around $10.63), and Moreno Valley, Calif. (approximately $10.63) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (about $8.65) in Jonesboro, Ark., one of the lowest-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in New Jersey, where pay average out at $14.48 per hour.
Bringing in the most money are Retail Store Assistant Managers — their earnings average about $19.60 per hour. Assistant Store Managers are a close second at approximately $19.49 along with Warehouse Supervisors ($11.68) and Head Cashiers ($11.03). Pricing Coordinators at Harbor Freight Tools do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (around $8.63 on average) at the company.
Years of Experience
Survey participants who have worked at Harbor Freight Tools for between five and 10 years earn $11.92 per hour on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Harbor Freight Tools employees (59 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $9.66 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications, who make $14.00 per hour. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) make the most here, hauling in around $22.08 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be People Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $12.33 per hour. Customer Service is a popular skill among Harbor Freight Tools workers, with a majority of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Cash Handling, Inventory Management, and Retail were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Only an eighth of workers enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Just over two-fifths of workers participate in a 401(k) program. A majority of respondents have health insurance, and benefits for the larger part of survey participants also include dental insurance. Privileges also include a casual working environment, paid holiday and sick leave, life insurance, and extra/liberal paid time off (pto).