Retail Store Assistant Salary

Retail Store Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $8.70 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $7.36 per hour and $13.46. The majority of Retail Store Assistants (64 percent) who took the survey are women. Some workers in this field — the larger part — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just under one in three and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-fourth. Though the majority of Retail Store Assistants do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$7.36 - $13.46
(Median)
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$8
$13
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.36 - $13.46  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $30.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,542  
   
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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$15,337 - $33,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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.

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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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Retail Store Assistants often transition into Retail Store Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Retail Store Managers earn $40K per year. Retail Store Assistant Managers or Administrative Assistants are common next-step roles for Retail Store Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Retail Store Assistant Managers is $14K higher on average, and it's $13K higher for Administrative Assistants.

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Experience Affects Retail Store Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 81%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$18,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 65%
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