Retail Associate Salary

The average Retail Associate in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $9.05 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.64 per hour on the lower end to $12.47 on the higher end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the specific employer and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Some workers in this field — a majority — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by over a third and dental plans are enjoyed by nearly one-fourth. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,191 - $69,043
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$14K
$30K
$69K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$7.64 - $12.47
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$14,191 - $69,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $821  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $712  
Commission
$0.00 - $988  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,892 - $27,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.64 - $12.47  
   
Overtime
$8.50 - $21.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $821  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $988  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $712  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,892 - $27,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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Job Description for Retail Associate

Retail associates work in department stores, supermarkets, sporting goods stores, and other retail environments. Generally, they provide support to customers, work to meet sales goals, and offer additional items to customers ("upselling" products and services as required by their employer). They must answer customer questions and help resolve concerns in a timely and friendly manner. Additionally, retail associates help ensure display areas are neat, and they may also double as a cashier in smaller stores.

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Retail Associate Tasks

  • Attend special training of products/services to understand the product features, trends or styles of the products/services.
  • Sell the organization's products/services to new or established customers typically via walk-in business.
  • Process payment for products or service, may maintain customer preference records.
  • Assist the customer in selecting products/services, answer questions and check for stock and availability.

Common Career Paths for Retail Associate


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Though it's uncommon, some Retail Associates move into roles as Retail Store Managers, where pay is an average $40K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Dominating the field, Ross Stores, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., Kohl's Department Stores Inc, and Target Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Retail Associates. Although the highest salaries can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc where median pay is $20K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $17K and $27K.

With a median salary of $17K, Ross Stores, Inc provides Retail Associates with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $25K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Retail Associates usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Cash Handling, Retail, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sales. Those familiar with Cash Handling also tend to know Retail.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Retail Associates, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Retail Associates in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $19K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $20K. Retail Associates claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $21K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Retail Associates with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $23K.

Retail Associate Reviews

What is it like working as a Retail Associate at Macy's, Inc.?

Retail Associate in Bellevue:
"High stress on holiday time; low hourly wage; low work hours."
Pros: Meet different kinds of people everyday;

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Experience Affects Retail Associate Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$19,000


Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Customer Service
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Cash Handling
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Retail
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National Average
$19,000

Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 65%
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