Bringing in the most money are Visual Merchandisers — their earnings average about $23.25 per hour. Warehouse Team Leaders are a close second at $22.01 along with Loss Prevention Agents ($14.94) and Warehouse Workers ($14.48). Near the bottom at IKEA are Cashiers, pulling in an average of just approximately $11.83.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $24.04 per hour) can be spotted in Elizabeth, N.J.; New Haven, Conn. ($21.55), Burbank, Calif. ($18.89), and Baltimore, Md. (around $16.00) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta, Ga. ranks low on the pay scale — at about $13.22, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in New Jersey, where the average salary is $23.25 per hour.
Years of Experience
Survey participants who have worked at IKEA for between five and 10 years earn approximately $15.90 per hour on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (48 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $14.25 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Forklift Certification certainly has its perks — salaries approach $21.72 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. IKEA compensates Associate of Arts (AA)-holders the most at around $19.56 per hour.
In this position, it pays to have Design in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $20.00 per hour. A common skill in IKEA's work force is Customer Service; more than a third of survey participants report using it on the job. Three more common skills are Retail, Inventory Control, and Customer Relations.
Benefits and Perks
23 percent — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. A solid majority of respondents report contributing to a 401(k). A large number of survey participants report having health insurance, and a large number of employees report having dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, flexible hours, and a casual working environment.