Average Hourly Rate for Hot Topic, Inc. Employees

Hot Topic, Inc. is a clothing sector firm headquartered in Industry, Calif. that hires for Retail Store Manager positions, Retail Manager roles, and more. Median pay for Hot Topic, Inc. workers sits around $14.96 per hour, and overtime compensation can push that up to $16.00. Though what you do at the company is an influential salary factor for those at Hot Topic, Inc., your experience level turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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 (8)
$10.94 - $21.02  
[-]Retail Store Manager (8)
Hourly Rate$10.94 - $21.02  
[+]Retail Manager (2)
$8.99 - $17.96  
[+]Retail Manager (2)
Hourly Rate$8.99 - $17.96  
[+]Retail Store Assistant Manager (2)
$8.52 - $15.29  
[+]Retail Store Assistant Manager (2)
Hourly Rate$8.52 - $15.29  
[+]Assistant Store Manager (2)
$8.01 - $14.62  
[+]Assistant Store Manager (2)
Hourly Rate$8.01 - $14.62  
 Precise Range (?
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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 with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $10.03. The largest slice of the Hot Topic, Inc. workforce (42 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns $14.95 per hour.


By state, the highest pay levels are found in California, where the average Hot Topic, Inc. employee makes approximately $17.85 per hour.


The highest average salaries go to Retail Store Managers, who bring in close to $15.51, though Retail Managers are not far behind at about $11.98 along with Retail Store Assistant Managers earning around $10.40.

Certifications and Degrees

Those with an Associate's Degree at Hot Topic, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach $14.85 per hour.


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 approximately $15.16. It's pretty common to find people here who know Sales Management; about a third consider it a key competency. Employees also tend to know People Management, Merchandising, and Sales.


Women make up the majority of employees in 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; two in five workers get paid vacation days, and half of workers receive paid sick leave. A fair portion of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Most workers report having health insurance, and over one-half of workers report having dental coverage. Hot Topic, Inc. employees also enjoy perks such as a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and company store discount.

Key Stats for Hot Topic, Inc.


74 %
26 %
Hourly Rate
$9 - $18
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 5 votes.

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