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Retail Associate Salary

Pay for Retail Associates in the United States sits in the ballpark of $9.04 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.63 per hour and $12.26. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the company and geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and the greater part lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than a third and dental coverage is claimed by just under a third. Retail Associates survey participants are largely women, dominating at 69 percent. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,191 - $69,043
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$69K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$7.63 - $12.26
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
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
$14,191 - $69,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $816  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $650  
Commission
$0.00 - $997  
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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$15,887 - $26,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate 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$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.63 - $12.26  
   
Overtime
$8.73 - $21.19  
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.
)
$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $816  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $997  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $650  
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).
)
$15,887 - $26,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 373
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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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At the upper end, Retail Associates who move into a Retail Store Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Retail Store Managers is a much higher $40K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Many Retail Associates can be found at Ross Stores, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Kohl's Department Stores Inc, Macy's, Inc., and Target Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Although salaries only range from $17K to just $27K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $20K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $15K to just $25K — but Ross Stores, Inc offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $17K.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Professional skills reported by Retail Associates are few in number. 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. Most people 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.


Retail Associates do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $19K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $20K. Retail Associates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $21K. 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 $24K.

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 24%



National Average
$19,000


Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Cash Handling
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National Average
$19,000

Retail
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Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 63%
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