When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $17.49 per hour) can be spotted in Elgin, Ill.; Eau Claire, Wisc. (around $16.28), Plano, Ill. ($14.00), and Lincoln, Neb. (about $11.72) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Chesterfield, Mich. — at $9.34, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Ohio; pay there average to $13.98 per hour.
Bringing in the most money are Hardware Store Department Managers — their earnings average about $13.61 per hour. Retail Store Assistant Managers are a close second at $13.28 along with Assistant Department Managers ($12.67) and Human Resources Coordinators ($12.52). Stockers make an average approximately $8.64, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $12.33 per hour on average. The greater proportion of employees (55 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $11.53 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $12.93 per hour for Forklift Certifications; non-accredited workers make much less. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA); Menard's Incorporated awards $15.82 to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be People Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $13.48 per hour. Folks here also tend to know Customer Service; on the survey, close to one-half of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Employees also tend to know Cash Handling, Retail, and Customer Relations.
Benefits and Perks
Over a third of workers participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. For just over two-fifths of workers, benefits include health insurance, and more than two-fifths of workers get dental coverage, too. Privileges also include a casual working environment and profit sharing program.