Average Hourly Rate for Hot Topic, Inc. Employees

Industry, Calif.-based Hot Topic, Inc. hires for positions ranging from Retail Store Manager to Sales Associate in the clothing. Median pay for Hot Topic, Inc. workers sits around $12.00 per hour, and overtime compensation can push that up to $20.62. At Hot Topic, Inc., the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your experience level — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your role at the company and geography each factor into the equation as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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About This Company

Industry, California 91748

Clothing, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores, Retail

Hot Topic

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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.

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Key Stats for Hot Topic, Inc.


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

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