The average rate for a Retail Sales Assistant is $10.34 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Cash Handling and Merchandising. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$18,373 - $58,302
(Median)
$18K
$35K
$58K
MEDIAN: $34,897
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$8.18 - $15.74
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$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$18,373 - $58,302  
   
Bonus
$289.06 - $5,152  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
Total Pay (?
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$17,199 - $41,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.18 - $15.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$4.36 - $25.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$289.06 - $5,152  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$17,199 - $41,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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Job Description for Retail Sales Assistant

Successfully operating a retail establishment requires many elements working in tandem, both inside and outside the store. When a customer enters a store for the first time, a large part of what forms their initial impression is the manner and quality of the retail staff. The retail sales associate is one of the key cogs that makes the machinery of a retail store function. A retail sales associate typically has several duties, but the most important of them is to engage the customer and assist them in finding what they have come to find.

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Retail Sales Assistant Tasks

  • Accept payment and place special orders.
  • Assist with purchases, pricing, sizes, and fittings.
  • Greet customers, answer questions, and direct attention to products.
  • Organize and maintain retail floor.

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Pay by Experience Level for Retail Sales Assistant

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,270

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Retail Sales Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Retail Sales Assistant?

Retail Sales Assistant in New York:
"Pleasant."
Pros: I like being able to help and advise customers that enter the store and providing the highest quality customer service.
Cons: There is very little room for promotion and the average salary in retail is quite poor.

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Experience Affects Retail Sales Assistant Salaries




National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Retail Sales Assistant Salaries

Cash Handling
up arrow 21%

Merchandising
up arrow 16%

Problem Solving
up arrow 3%

Leadership
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Sales
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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