Retail Sales Associate Salary

Retail Sales Associates in the United States take home approximately $10.16 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Retail Sales Associates varies from around $17K to approximately $37K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $3K, respectively. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Women Retail Sales Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although more than a third have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$17,242 - $60,502
$17K
$35K
$61K
MEDIAN: $34,706
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$8.21 - $14.64
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$0$60K
Salary $17,242 - $60,502
Bonus $98.73 - $5,182
Profit Sharing $59.18 - $2,980
Commission $0.00 - $24,020
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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$17,161 - $36,524
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 385
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $8.21 - $14.64
Hourly Tips $0.05 - $5.02
Overtime $8.57 - $24.86
Annual Data $0$36K
Bonus $98.73 - $5,182
Commission $0.00 - $24,020
Profit Sharing $59.18 - $2,980
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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$17,161 - $36,524
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,562

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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.

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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


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Retail Sales Associates sometimes assume positions such as Registered Nurses. That role pays $56K per year on average. The most common next step for a Retail Sales Associate is to become a Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Retail Store Manager. The former position pays an additional $10K per year on average, and the latter position pays $19K more per year.

Retail Sales Associate Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Sales Associate


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., The Home Depot Inc., Target Corporation, and T-Mobile, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Retail Sales Associates. Employees of Verizon Wireless can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $43K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $20K to $64K. Other big spenders include T-Mobile, Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., and Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., top-paying firms where Retail Sales Associates see paychecks nearing $33K, $26K, or $26K.

Pay for Retail Sales Associates is the lowest at JCPenney, which has a median salary of $19K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $25K. Workers at Walmart.com, Kohl's Department Stores Inc, and Macy's, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $19K, $19K, and $20K respectively.

Popular Skills for Retail Sales Associate


Retail Sales Associates seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Customer Relationship Management, Account Sales, and Inside Sales are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 15 percent, 14 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Cash Handling and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Sales Associate

Pay by Experience for a Retail Sales Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Retail Sales Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 3,331 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Retail Sales Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 1,128 salaries. An experienced Retail Sales Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 796 salaries. A Retail Sales Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 316 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,626

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Retail Sales Associates, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Retail Sales Associates will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), New York (+17 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers in Charlotte and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Retail Sales Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Retail Sales Associate?

Retail Sales Associate in St. Louis Park:
"Micro Center: The Retail Store that can't do Retail."
Pros: Selling expensive items to customers who are engaged, interested, and excited about the product.
Cons: Dealing with some of the worst people imaginable -- homeless, non-English speakers, smelly people, and most commonly, unapologetically ignorant people.

Retail Sales Associate in Portland:
"Frustrating at best..."
Pros: Seeing my regular customers is always nice. I have grown to love my coworkers as well. Working with the general public also helps develop people skills.
Cons: Horrible hours. Sometimes, I get 20 hours a week and then I will get 30 hours another week. It's very random. The management team could use a lot of work. It feels as if they hire anybody to be a manager. You often get an unhealthy mix of them and you're forced to adapt to their rules, even if the way you're doing things is right. Customers are a huge flaw in this industry, obviously. Very rude, at times. You have to either have very thick skin or you become a robot and shut off all emotion to deal with the rude ones. It's a very exhausting job.

Retail Sales Associate in Ramsey:
"Its a job."
Pros: It is something you do when expectations are low and life is dull.
Cons: You have no job description, you can be given any responsibility at any time.

Retail Sales Associate in Bossier City:
"Flexibility in my work schedule."
Pros: The other employees are pleasant to work with.
Cons: It can get boring.

Retail Sales Associate in Bossier City:
"Flexibility in my work schedule."
Pros: The other employees are pleasant to work with.
Cons: It can get boring.

Retail Sales Associate in Greensboro:
"Cashier/bagger at grocery store."
Pros: Meeting new people and helping people.
Cons: I am not happy in the grocery store environment.

Retail Sales Associate in Lancaster:
Pros: Everything. Cash register. Customer service.
Cons: The pay. Very physical Job. No benefits.

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Key Stats for Retail Sales Associate

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 808 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Retail Sales Associate Salaries

▲36%

▲21%

▲11%

National Average
$22,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Retail Sales Associate Salaries



▲14%

▲12%

▲5%





National Average
$22,000

Customer Service
▼1%

▼1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%

Spanish Language
▼1%


▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 808 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 60%
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