Retail Associate Salary

For Retail Associates, hourly average wages total $9.06 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.64 per hour on the low end to $12.46 on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the specific employer and geography. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. More than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over a third report medical coverage and slightly less than a third claim dental coverage as well.

$14,094 - $69,531
(Median)
$14K
$35K
$70K
MEDIAN: $35,000
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$7.64 - $12.46
(Median)
$7
$9
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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
$14,094 - $69,531  
   
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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$15,897 - $27,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.64 - $12.46  
   
Overtime
$8.81 - $21.56  
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).
)
$15,897 - $27,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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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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Advancing into a Retail Store Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Retail Associates, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $40K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Ross Stores, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., Kohl's Department Stores Inc, and Target Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Retail Associates. Although Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the highest salaries (median pay is $20K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $17K to $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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales. The majority of those who know Cash Handling also 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $19K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $20K. Retail Associates bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. Retail Associates who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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
up arrow 22%



National Average
$19,000


Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Customer Service
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Cash Handling
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Retail
0%

National Average
$19,000

Sales
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 65%
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