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Retail Store Assistant Salary

Retail Store Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $8.65 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.34 per hour and $13.56. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Although over a third have medical coverage and close to one-fourth have dental coverage, a majority claim no health benefits at all. Retail Store Assistants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 69 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$7.34 - $13.56
MEDIAN: $8.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Hourly Rate
$7.34 - $13.56  
$10.07 - $29.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $3,533  
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).
$15,285 - $33,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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Job Description for Retail Store Assistant

To work as a retail sales assistant, you generally don't need to have an advanced education. Most companies will accept assistants who have at least a high school diploma or a G.E.D. Regardless of one's educational background, a retail sales assistant needs to have great customer service skills and have an understanding of the basic principles of sales. Some companies ask for previous experience in retail as well as some administration skills.


Retail Store Assistant Tasks

  • Monitor closing, opening, and cash reconciliation, and complete reports.
  • Schedule the appropriate number of employees while taking into consideration back-ups, sick days, and peak hours.
  • Assist the manager in day to day store operations.
  • Assist customers and escalate customer requests or complaints to the manager as necessary.

Common Career Paths for Retail Store Assistant

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Many Retail Store Assistants move into a Retail Store Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $40K per year. A common career progression for a Retail Store Assistant is to become a Retail Store Assistant Manager or an Administrative Assistant. Compared to Retail Store Assistants, the first group earns $14K more on average, and the second group earns $13K more.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


69 %
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 63%