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Retail Associate Salary

Pay for Retail Associates in the United States sits in the ballpark of $8.91 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.57 per hour, and the top verges on $12.41. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. While some workers in this profession — the larger part — do not have any health coverage, two in five do receive medical benefits and slightly less than a third have dental insurance. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most Retail Associates survey respondents are women (70 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$7.57 - $12.41
MEDIAN: $8.00

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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.
Hourly Rate
$7.57 - $12.41  
$9.27 - $21.07  
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.
$0.00 - $809  
$0.00 - $1,007  
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).
$15,754 - $26,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 331
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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.


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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Compensation may increase greatly for Retail Associates who advance to upper-end positions like Retail Store Manager. Median pay for Retail Store Managers is $40K per year.

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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. Retail Associates in search of the best pay head to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where the median salary rolls in at $20K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $27K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $17K.

Retail Associates will find the worst pay at Ross Stores, Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $16K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $21K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate

Retail Associates report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Cash Handling, Retail, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sales. Most people familiar with Cash Handling also know Retail.

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Experience Affects Retail Associate Salaries

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Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Customer Service
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Cash Handling
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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Rated 3 out of 5
based on 66 votes.


70 %
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 39% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 61%