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Retail Associate Salary

Retail Associates in the United States can expect wages of $8.99 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $7.62 per hour on the low end to $12.38 on the high end. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and geography are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than a third and dental insurance is reported by just under a third. Female Retail Associates are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women.

$14,094 - $69,531
(Median)
$14K
$28K
$70K
MEDIAN: $27,500
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$7.62 - $12.38
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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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
$14,094 - $69,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $812  
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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$15,853 - $26,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.62 - $12.38  
   
Overtime
$9.19 - $21.34  
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 - $812  
   
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).
)
$15,853 - $26,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 357

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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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For Retail Associates, progressing to a Retail Store Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Retail Store Manager can earn $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. Although the highest salaries can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc where median pay is $20K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $17K and $27K.

Ross Stores, Inc offers the least pay with a median salary of $16K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $26K.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Retail Associates note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Cash Handling, Retail, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Retail Associates with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $18K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $20K. Retail Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $21K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $24K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

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: 38% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 61%