Retail Associate Salary

An average Retail Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $9.50 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Approximately one-fourth report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and nearly one in six collect vision insurance. Women account for the majority of Retail Associates who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$16,483 - $41,217
$16K
$25K
$41K
MEDIAN: $25,002
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$7.93 - $12.19
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MEDIAN: $9.50
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$0$41K
Salary $16,483 - $41,217
Bonus $99.33 - $2,819
Profit Sharing $700
Commission $0.00 - $2,416
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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$16,534 - $26,382
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 15
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $7.93 - $12.19
Hourly Tips $1.73
Overtime $5.83 - $20.71
Annual Data $0$26K
Bonus $99.33 - $2,819
Commission $0.00 - $2,416
Profit Sharing $700
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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$16,534 - $26,382
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 527

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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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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 $41K per year. Retail Associates most often move into positions as Retail Store Assistant Managers or Retail Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Retail Associates. Retail Associates flock to The Home Depot Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $26K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Fred Meyer Inc, and TJ Maxx Inc, where earnings of $21K, $21K, or $20K are standard for Retail Associates.

Workers at Kohl's Department Stores Inc, The Kroger Company, and Target Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $17K, $18K, and $18K respectively.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Retail Associates report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Inventory Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Associate

Pay by Experience for a Retail Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Retail Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 418 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Retail Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Retail Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 73 salaries. A Retail Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 22 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $19,959

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Retail Associates will find that Portland offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 9 percent. Retail Associates will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), Las Vegas (+4 percent), and New York (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Houston (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Retail Associate Reviews

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

Retail Associate in Mesa:
Pros: Good people I work with.
Cons: Low wages. No benefits. No chance to go full time.

Retail Associate in Chanhassen:
"Work."
Pros: The people.the hours, the groth.
Cons: People calling in sick, sometmes short handed. Still hve to come in on days off.

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
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Retail Associate Salaries

▲16%

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$20,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Inventory Management
▲26%


National Average
$20,000

▼1%


Sales
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 72%
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