When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $22.00 per hour) can be spotted in Boca Raton, Fla.; Austin, Texas ($19.47), Chicago, Ill. (around $16.50), and Houston, Texas ($15.57) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Miami, Fla. — at $9.13, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in California, where pay average out at about $12.17 per hour.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $13.50 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (53 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of around $9.75 per hour.
Assistant Store Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $16.96 per hour — though Operations Managers, Customer Service Managers, and Senior Sales Associates also do fairly well at $14.32, about $13.76, and $10.05, respectively. Near the bottom at Office Depot, Inc. are Cashiers, pulling in an average of just around $8.16.
Certifications and Degrees
OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications receive bigger paychecks (approximately $14.52 per hour) than those without credentials. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA); Office Depot, Inc. awards $28.73 to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Operations Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $15.20 per hour. A garden variety skill at Office Depot, Inc. is Customer Service; the larger part of Office Depot, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Three more common skills are Customer Relations, Retail, and Sales.
Benefits and Perks
The company pays out both vacation time and sick leave for only one in ten employees. A majority of survey participants report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a majority of employees, and one-half report receiving dental coverage as well. Privileges also include a casual working environment, life insurance, company store discount, and tuition reimbursement.