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 Store Assistant Manager. Hot Topic, Inc. offers employees an average of $14.73 per hour, and overtime earnings push that number up to $22.31. Hot Topic, Inc. paychecks are largely negotiated based on how long you've been working, though your role at the company and geography are also considered. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $11.42 per hour. The largest fraction of Hot Topic, Inc. people (42 percent) have been working for five to nine years and earn $15.26 per hour on average.


Earning approximately $16.05 per hour on average, Retail Store Managers receive the most money, followed by Retail Managers ($11.98), Retail Store Assistant Managers (around $10.58), and Assistant Store Managers ($9.88).


Residents of Bismarck, N.D. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $14.99 per hour; other top-paying cities include Johnson City, Tenn. (about $13.71) and Dallas, Texas (around $11.50). The highest pay by state can be found in California, where pay average out at $19.56 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

At Hot Topic, Inc., employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree receive the highest pay at approximately $10.34.


In this position, it pays to have Customer Service in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $14.87 per hour. A garden variety skill at Hot Topic, Inc. is Sales Management; over a third of Hot Topic, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Many workers usually know Merchandising, People Management, and Retail as well.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at Hot Topic, Inc. can sometimes lack paid time off; one in four respondents get paid vacation days, and two in five workers receive paid sick leave. A fair number of employees save for retirement through Hot Topic, Inc.'s 401(k) plan. Most survey participants report having health insurance, and a solid majority of survey participants report having dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and company store discount.

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Key Stats for Hot Topic, Inc.


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38 %
Hourly Rate
$9 - $18
Hourly Rate
$10 - $17
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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

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