Median pay for Retail Store Assistants in the United States is around $9.84 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.90 per hour and $14.81. Men working as Retail Store Assistants who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Most Retail Store Assistants are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to one-third, and close to a fifth earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$18,121 - $45,345
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MEDIAN: $27,500
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$7.90 - $14.81
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MEDIAN: $9.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,121 - $45,345  
   
Bonus
$1,400  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$16,630 - $34,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.90 - $14.81  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $34.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$1,400  
   
Commission
$0.00  
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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$16,630 - $34,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118

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Job Description for Retail Store Assistant

A retail store assistant works in a retail environment, such as a department store or a smaller retail store. He or she provides customer service. The assistant will greet customers when they enter the store and will ask the customers what kind of assistance can be provided. The assistant may be able to offer recommendations based on the customer’s needs. Some stores will offer commission, so it is important to be able to upsell, while providing friendly customer service that does not overly pressure the customer. It may also be required to meet minimum sales goals in a certain period.

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Retail Store Assistant Tasks

  • Assist the manager in day to day store operations.
  • Assist customers and escalate customer requests or complaints to the manager as necessary.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Retail Store Assistant


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Advancing into a Retail Store Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Retail Store Assistants, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $41K per year. When Retail Store Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Retail Store Assistant Managers or Administrative Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $11K and $10K, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Retail Store Assistant

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


For Retail Store Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $20K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $24K. Retail Store Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $26K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $30K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Key Stats for Retail Store Assistant

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
055
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Retail Store Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 66%
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