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Retail Associate Salary

Median pay for Retail Associates in the United States is around $9.00 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.64 per hour, and the top verges on $12.29. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the specific employer and geography are influential factors as well. While the larger part report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just under a third have dental, as well. There are more female Retail Associates who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 69 percent. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,191 - $69,043
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$69K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$7.64 - $12.29
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $8.00
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90%

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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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$15,895 - $26,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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
$7.64 - $12.29  
   
Overtime
$8.40 - $21.29  
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 - $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).
)
$15,895 - $26,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 366

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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 who go on to become Retail Store Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Retail Store Managers is $40K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Known for taking on a considerable number of Retail Associates, Ross Stores, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Kohl's Department Stores Inc, Macy's, Inc., and Target Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the best pay with a median salary of $20K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $17K and maxing out at just $27K.

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


Retail Associates who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Cash Handling, Retail, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sales. For most people, competency in Cash Handling indicates knowledge of Retail.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Associate

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


For many Retail Associates, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $18K, 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 $22K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Retail Associate with more than 20 years of experience can earn $24K on average.

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 26%



National Average
$19,000


Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Cash Handling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$19,000

Retail
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 7%

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
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 62%
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