Earning around $21.87 per hour on average, Warehouse Team Leaders receive the most money, followed by Visual Merchandisers (about $17.51), Warehouse Workers (approximately $13.93), and Loss Prevention Agents ($13.51). Cashiers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $10.00.
Years of Experience
Survey participants who have worked at IKEA for between five and 10 years earn $13.83 per hour on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (45 percent) have been working for one to four years and make approximately $15.21 per hour on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $17.27 per hour) can be spotted in New Haven, Conn.; Tampa, Fla. ($16.36), San Diego, Calif. ($16.04), and Tempe, Ariz. ($16.00) are the next top-paying cities. Bakersfield, Calif. ranks low on the pay scale — at around $14.10, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Maryland, where the average salary is $21.49 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications, who make approximately $21.00 per hour. IKEA workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning $13.14 on average.
Employees who count Team Leadership among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $21.02 per hour. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; over a third of employees surveyed report using it at work. Retail, Design, and Cash Handling are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
One in four employees receive paid vacation, and only 35 percent get sick leave. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for most workers, and a strong majority of respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other advantages of working at IKEA are flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.