Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of $15.55 per hour. The largest fraction of Hot Topic, Inc. people (43 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn about $10.84 per hour on average.
Retail Store Managers earn the highest median pay at around $16.47 per hour, followed by Retail Managers ($11.98), Retail Store Assistant Managers ($10.58), and Keyholders (approximately $9.75). Cashiers make an average $9.13, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Residents of Bismarck, N.D. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $14.99 per hour; other top-paying cities include Johnson City, Tenn. ($13.71) and Dallas, Texas (approximately $11.50). Across Hot Topic, Inc.'s U.S. offices, employees in the state of California earn the most, taking home around $18.13 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Hot Topic, Inc. provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) — these employees rake in $14.47 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Operations Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $14.99 per hour. Customer Service is a popular skill in the Hot Topic, Inc. workforce; a majority of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Other skills in demand are Sales Management, Retail, and Merchandising.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 22 percent receiving paid vacation and a third of employees receiving paid sick days. A majority of employees participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance is part of the package for most employees, and for a majority of workers, dental coverage is too. Hot Topic, Inc. employees also enjoy perks such as a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and supplemental maternity leave.