Retail Associates in the United States take home an average $9.26 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $7.84 per hour to $12.15. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. There are more female Retail Associates who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. About a fourth enjoy medical while about one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a sixth. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,500 - $60,000
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$14K
$28K
$60K
MEDIAN: $28,000
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$7.84 - $12.15
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$14,500 - $60,000  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,781  
Profit Sharing
$950  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,177  
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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$16,345 - $26,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.84 - $12.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.20  
Overtime
$9.50 - $20.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,781  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,177  
Profit Sharing
$950  
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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$16,345 - $26,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 525
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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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Retail Associates often transition into Retail Store Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Retail Store Managers earn $41K per year. It is quite typical for Retail Associates to transition into roles as Retail Store Assistant Managers or Retail Managers, where reported median earnings are $13K and $20K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Ross Group, Inc, Ross Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Kohl's Department Stores Inc are top-notch employers for Retail Associates in this area. The biggest paychecks can be found at The Home Depot Inc. — the median salary there is $25K. Other big spenders include Fred Meyer Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and TJ Maxx Inc, top-paying firms where Retail Associates see paychecks nearing $21K, $21K, or $20K.

Kohl's Department Stores Inc, Target Corporation, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $17K, $18K, and $18K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Retail Associates report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Inventory Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Associate

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


Retail Associates do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $19K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $20K. 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.

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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.

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




National Average
$19,000


Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 29%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Retail
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Cash Handling
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National Average
$19,000

Sales
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 25%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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