Retail Associate Salary

An average Retail Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $9.14 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.75 per hour and $12.38. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by career length and geographic location. While a majority report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and just under one in three have dental, as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$14,298 - $58,723
(Median)
$14K
$28K
$59K
MEDIAN: $27,500
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$7.75 - $12.38
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$14,298 - $58,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $818  
Profit Sharing
$600  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,177  
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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$16,141 - $26,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.75 - $12.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.99  
Overtime
$10.07 - $20.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $818  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,177  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$16,141 - $26,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 539
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Retail Store Managers. That role pays $40K per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Dominating the field, Ross Stores, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., Ross Group, Inc, and Kohl's Department Stores Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Retail Associates. The Home Depot Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $23K. Also paying near the top of the field are Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $20K, Ross Group, Inc at $19K, and JCPenney, where Retail Associates annually earn $19K.

Salaries are easily beat at Ross Stores, Inc, where median pay comes to just $17K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $15K and ending at $26K, range in salary is rather small. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Kohl's Department Stores Inc at $17K, Target Corporation at $18K, and Macy's, Inc., where $18K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Retail Associates report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Inventory Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales. Most people who know Customer Service also know Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Associate

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


For Retail Associates, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Retail Associates in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $19K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $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?

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.

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 23%



National Average
$19,000


Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 31%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Retail
0%

Cash Handling
0%

National Average
$19,000

Sales
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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