The average Retail Associate in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $9.32 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.89 per hour, and the top verges on $12.08. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Around one in four enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and roughly one in six get vision benefits. More than half of Retail Associates (67 percent) survey participants are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$16,768 - $59,392
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MEDIAN: $26,035
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$7.89 - $12.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$16,768 - $59,392  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $2,740  
Profit Sharing
$989  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,367  
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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$16,452 - $26,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.89 - $12.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.75  
Overtime
$9.65 - $20.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$102.13 - $2,740  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,367  
Profit Sharing
$989  
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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$16,452 - $26,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 541

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Retail Associate


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Many Retail Associates move into a Retail Store Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $41K per year. Typical career progression for a Retail Associate involves becoming a Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Manager, roles that pay $13K more and $20K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Ross Group, Inc, Ross Stores, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., and Kohl's Department Stores Inc are all popular places to work. The Home Depot Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $25K on average. Retail Associates can also look forward to large paychecks at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($21K), Fred Meyer Inc ($21K), and TJ Maxx Inc ($20K).

Employees at Kohl's Department Stores Inc, Target Corporation, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store can also expect below-average earnings of $17K, $18K, and $18K.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Retail Associates seem to require a number of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Inventory Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Associate

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


For Retail Associates, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $19K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $21K on average. On average, Retail Associates make $21K following one to two decades on the job. 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

Q: What is it like working as a Retail Associate?

Retail Associate in Denton:
"Enjoyable."
Pros: They are very flexible, you are treated like family, very nice coworkers, fairly easy work.
Cons: The customers, we work a lot of holidays, and it would be nice if the pay was a little better. It's not terrible though, I think it's pretty reasonable. The upper management needs some work, but it's not that bad.

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

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Key Stats for Retail Associate

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Retail Associate Salaries




National Average
$20,000


Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 28%


Retail
0%

Cash Handling
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National Average
$20,000

Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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