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Average Hourly Rate for Hot Topic, Inc. Employees

Headquartered in Industry, California, Hot Topic, Inc. offers a range of employment opportunities in the clothing industry, from Retail Store Manager to Retail Manager. Hot Topic, Inc. workers can expect to make an average of $14.96 per hour, with overtime compensation amounting to $16.00. Though your role at the company is an influential salary factor for those at Hot Topic, Inc., how long you've been working turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Employer: Hot Topic, Inc.
Hourly Rate Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Retail Store Manager (9)
$11.00 - $20.98  
[-]Retail Store Manager (9)
Hourly Rate$11.00 - $20.98  
[+]Retail Manager (2)
$9.06 - $18.07  
[+]Retail Manager (2)
Hourly Rate$9.06 - $18.07  
[+]Retail Store Assistant Manager (2)
$8.46 - $14.91  
[+]Retail Store Assistant Manager (2)
Hourly Rate$8.46 - $14.91  
 Precise Range (?
XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
)     Estimated Range (?
XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Hot Topic, Inc. Details

Industry, California 91748

Clothing, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores, Retail

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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $10.03. By and large, the biggest segment of Hot Topic, Inc.'s workforce (42 percent) have been working for five to nine years and take home approximately $14.95 per hour.


Hot Topic, Inc. workers in California earn the most — about $17.85 per hour on average.


Typically, Retail Store Managers are the best paid with salaries hovering at $15.51; Retail Managers and Retail Store Assistant Managers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $11.98 and around $10.40, respectively.

Certifications and Degrees

Hot Topic, Inc. workers who hold an Associate's Degree are also well compensated, earning $14.85 on average.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Customer Service; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of about $15.16. Sales Management is a popular skill in the Hot Topic, Inc. workforce; about a third of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Some other standard skills here are People Management, Merchandising, and Sales.


Home to more women than men (Hot Topic, Inc.'s employee population is more than 3 to 1 female-to-male), most workers here are women.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Hot Topic, Inc. gives paid vacation days to two-fifths of workers and sick leave to one-half of workers. A 401(k) program is available, and most workers use it to save for retirement. Health insurance is part of the package for a fair portion of workers, and for a little more than half of workers, dental coverage is too. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and company store discount.

Key Stats

74 %
26 %
Hourly Rate
$9 - $18
Hourly Rate
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

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