When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($12.13 per hour) can be spotted in Rome, Ga.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (about $11.13), Dayton, Ohio (around $10.63), and Tucson, Ariz. ($9.60) are the next top-paying cities. El Paso, Texas is near the bottom for pay at $7.42. By state, Kmart Corporation employees make the most in Ohio, earning approximately $9.38 per hour on average.
Certified Pharmacy Technicians represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $10.70 per hour — though Pharmacy Technicians, Merchandisers, and Retail Merchandisers also do fairly well at about $10.07, around $8.09, and $7.99, respectively. Sales Associates make an average $7.47, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of approximately $8.92 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (49 percent) have been working for one to four years and make around $8.22 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to about $56.98 per hour for Certified Immunization Pharmacists, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. The best paid folks at Kmart Corporation have a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, earning approximately $55.53 per hour.
In this position, it pays to have Retail Pharmacy in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $10.89 per hour. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; a majority of employees surveyed report using it at work. Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Sales are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
29 percent — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. To plan for old age, just over two-fifths of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. For over a third of workers, benefits include health insurance, and around one in three workers get dental coverage, too. Employees can also look forward to flexible hours, life insurance, a casual working environment, and company store discount.