Average Hourly Rate for Hot Topic, Inc. Employees

Headquartered in Industry, Calif., Hot Topic, Inc. offers a range of employment opportunities in the clothing, from Retail Store Manager to Sales Associate. The average pay for Hot Topic, Inc. employees is $11.50 per hour. With overtime, that gets bumped up to $21.56. Your job title influences pay for Hot Topic, Inc. workers the most, followed by how long you've been working and where you live. 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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General Store Managers earn the highest median pay at about $20.34 per hour, followed by Retail Store Managers ($17.57), Assistant Store Managers ($11.00), and Retail Store Assistant Managers (approximately $10.24). Sales Associates are among the lowest paid at a median salary of around $8.50.

Years of Experience

Average pay is $14.90 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (47 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $9.91 per hour on average.


Within the firm, employees working in Ohio take home the most — approximately $16.32 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $9.99 per hour for Certified ServSafe Food Handlers; non-accredited workers make much less. Regarding pay and education, Hot Topic, Inc. pays those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) the most — about $16.25.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Leadership; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $17.02 per hour. Customer Service is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; the larger part of Hot Topic, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Many workers usually know Retail, Sales Management, and Merchandising as well.

Benefits and Perks

The company pays out both vacation time and sick leave for only 19 percent. Close to one-fourth of workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A fair number of survey participants can count on health insurance, and the larger part of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Hot Topic, Inc. also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, company store discount, life insurance, and flexible hours.

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Key Stats for Hot Topic, Inc.


53 %
47 %
Hourly Rate
$9 - $17
Hourly Rate
$8 - $18
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 8 votes.

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