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Average Hourly Rate for Hot Topic, Inc. Employees

Operating out of Industry, Calif., clothing company Hot Topic, Inc. employs talent in positions ranging from Retail Store Manager to Retail Manager. The average pay for Hot Topic, Inc. employees is $14.63 per hour. With overtime, that gets bumped up to $18.56. How long you've been working is weighted most heavily when it comes to salary consideration at Hot Topic, Inc.; your role at the company has a (lesser) effect as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Hot Topic, Inc. typically pays:
above market

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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

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $11.13 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Hot Topic, Inc. employees (43 percent) have five to nine years of experience and earn $15.26 per hour on average.


The highest pay by state can be found in California, where pay average out at about $19.28 per hour.


Retail Store Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of approximately $16.05 per hour; Retail Store Assistant Managers come in second with average earnings amounting to around $12.03, while Retail Managers and Assistant Store Managers rank near the top as well ($11.98 and $9.88, respectively). Sales Associates at Hot Topic, Inc. do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (approximately $8.89 on average) at the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Hot Topic, Inc. compensates Bachelor's Degree-holders the most at $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. A relatively widespread skill at Hot Topic, Inc. is Customer Service; slightly more than half of employees use it for work. Other top skills include People Management, Sales Management, and Merchandising.


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

The benefits packages at Hot Topic, Inc. can sometimes lack paid time off; 29 percent get paid vacation days, and 43 percent receive paid sick leave. A fair number of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. At Hot Topic, Inc., the larger part of workers have health insurance, and a majority of survey participants have dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and company store discount.

Key Stats for Hot Topic, Inc.


66 %
34 %
Hourly Rate
$9 - $17
Hourly Rate
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
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