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Retail Sales Associate Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Retail Sales Associate is $9.15 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Inside Sales, Client Interaction, and Sales Management.
Retail Sales Associate Salary (?
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$15,631 - $52,971
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MEDIAN: $30,976
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Retail Sales Associate Salary (?
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$7.50 - $13.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$15,631 - $52,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
Profit Sharing
$49.54 - $2,075  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,771  
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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$15,693 - $33,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.50 - $13.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01 - $4.99  
Overtime
$9.21 - $21.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,771  
Profit Sharing
$49.54 - $2,075  
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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$15,693 - $33,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,004
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Job Description for Retail Sales Associate

The Retail Sales Associate position is the foundation of the retail industry. This is where customers are served and items are sold. Without the Retail Sales Associate, customers these days would have much less incentive to physically go to a store, as they can purchase just about anything online.
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Retail Sales 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Retail Sales Associate

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Pay Difference By Location

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$20,000
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Retail Sales Associate Reviews

What is it like working as a Retail Sales Associate?
Retail Sales Associate in St. Louis:
"Rewarding."
Pros: The thing that I like most about my job is that I interact with people. I get to help people with running shoes and offer injury prevention advice and tips.
Cons: Sometimes it is really stressful.

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Experience Affects Retail Sales Associate Salaries

National Average
$20,000

Skills That Affect Retail Sales Associate Salaries

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$20,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 1331 votes.

Gender

Female
60%
female alumni
 
Male
40%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 62%