Retail Associate Salary

The average Retail Associate in the United States earns approximately $9.36 per hour. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of Retail Associates (68 percent) who took the survey are female. Just over one in five get medical and dental insurance, and nearly one-sixth get vision plans, too. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$16,638 - $59,598
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MEDIAN: $25,490
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$7.88 - $12.31
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MEDIAN: $9.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$16,638 - $59,598  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,762  
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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$16,439 - $26,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.88 - $12.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.75  
Overtime
$9.61 - $20.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,762  
   
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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$16,439 - $26,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 530

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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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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. Retail Store Assistant Managers or Retail Managers are common next-step roles for Retail Associates moving up in their careers; annual pay for Retail Store Assistant Managers is $12K higher on average, and it's $20K higher for Retail Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Known for taking on a considerable number of Retail Associates, Ross Group, Inc, Ross Stores, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., and Kohl's Department Stores Inc are leading firms in the industry. The Home Depot Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $26K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Fred Meyer Inc, and TJ Maxx Inc, where Retail Associates typically earn around $21K, $21K, or $20K, respectively.

Kohl's Department Stores Inc, The Kroger Company and Target Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $17K, $18K, and $18K.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Job skills reported by Retail Associates are limited. Fortunate workers who know Inventory Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed 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: $19,696

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

For Retail Associates, Portland provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. Retail Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), Las Vegas (+5 percent), and New York (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 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 (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Retail Associate Salaries

▲17%

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$20,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Inventory Management
▲27%


▲1%


National Average
$20,000

Sales
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 74%