Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $11.13 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (43 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of around $15.26 per hour.
Hot Topic, Inc. workers in California earn the most — $19.28 per hour on average.
Retail Store Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $16.05 per hour — though Retail Store Assistant Managers, Retail Managers, and Assistant Store Managers also do fairly well at $12.03, approximately $11.98, and $9.88, respectively. Hot Topic, Inc. hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Sales Associates (approximately $8.89 on average).
Certifications and Degrees
Those with a Bachelor's Degree at Hot Topic, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach about $10.34 per hour.
In this position, it pays to have Sales in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $15.00 per hour. Customer Service is regularly seen around here; slightly more than half of those surveyed report it as a core competency. People Management, Sales Management, and Merchandising are also desirable skills.
Women make up the majority of employees who completed the questionnaire for a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Hot Topic, Inc. gives paid vacation days to 29 percent and sick leave to 43 percent. A solid majority of workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). A large number of survey participants report having health insurance, and a majority of survey participants report having dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and company store discount.