Retail Associate Salary

Retail Associates in the United States can expect wages of $9.14 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $7.75 per hour on the low end to $12.38 on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by years of experience and geography. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although a majority lack health benefits of any kind, one-third do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than a third get dental coverage, too.

$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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Advancing into a Retail Store Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Retail Associates, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $40K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Ross Stores, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., Ross Group, Inc, and Kohl's Department Stores Inc are all popular places to work. The Home Depot Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $23K on average. Retail Associates can also look forward to large paychecks at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($20K), Ross Group, Inc ($19K), and JCPenney ($19K).

With a median salary of $17K, Ross Stores, Inc provides Retail Associates with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $26K, limiting employee salary growth. Kohl's Department Stores Inc, Target Corporation, and Macy's, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $17K, $18K, and $18K.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Retail Associates typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Inventory Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Associate

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Retail Associates — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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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