Retail Sales Associate Salary
An average Retail Sales Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.06 per hour. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Retail Sales Associates — as high as $6K, $4K and $24K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $17K to $36K. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Most Retail Sales Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although the greater part lack health benefits of any kind, more than a third do enjoy medical insurance, and just under one in three get dental coverage, too. Women make up a slight majority of Retail Sales Associates (58 percent) survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Retail Sales Associate
A retail sales associate works in the customer areas of a retail store. The store uses these workers to help maintain the location's orderliness and appearance, as well as assist shoppers in locating specific merchandise and with questions about sales or special discounts. Additionally, many stores ask their retail associates to perform duties such as restocking inventory throughout a shift. In some stores, associates are cross-trained as cashiers and may be called upon to either run a register at the front of the store or at a remote department location during busy hours. Typically, associates help with store-wide sales campaigns and special promotions; they must be knowledgeable about these campaigns and provide customers with assistance regarding sale items, discounts and customer rewards programs.Read More...
The position of retail sales associate is typically entry level, although previous experience may be preferred or required. Stores often promote from within, and sales associates may eventually seek supervisory or managerial positions. Well-trained retail sales associates help their store attract and retain customers; they must have friendly, outgoing personalities and be able to work well with members of their team and with customers. Sales associates are also trained to maintain an eye for detail and are expected to maintain the organization and cleanliness throughout a shift.
Retail Sales Associate Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Retail Sales Associate
Though some Retail Sales Associates move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $56K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Retail Sales Associate is to become a Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Store Manager. Compared to Retail Sales Associates, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $19K more.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Sales Associate
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., Macy's, Inc., Target Corporation, and T-Mobile, Inc. are top-notch employers for Retail Sales Associates in this area. Retail Sales Associates seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Verizon Wireless, where the median salary comes to $43K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($21K) and those starting out ($62K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Retail Sales Associates can also look forward to large paychecks at T-Mobile, Inc. ($33K), Nordstrom, Inc. ($26K), and Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. ($26K).
Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $16K to just $25K — but JCPenney offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $19K. Walmart.com, Kohl's Department Stores Inc, and Macy's, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $19K, $19K, and $20K.
Popular Skills for Retail Sales Associate
Retail Sales Associates seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Customer Relationship Management, Inside Sales, and Account Sales are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 17 percent. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Cash Handling and Customer Relations.
Pay by Experience Level for Retail Sales Associate
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Retail Sales Associates — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $24K. Retail Sales Associates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $26K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Retail Sales Associate with more than 20 years of experience can earn $29K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Retail Sales Associates, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 48 percent above the national average. Retail Sales Associates will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+32 percent), New York (+18 percent), Las Vegas (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average.
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