Retail Store Assistant Salary

The average Retail Store Assistant in the United States earns approximately $8.65 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.33 per hour and $13.52. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. While the greater part report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and one-fourth have dental, as well. The majority of Retail Store Assistants (67 percent) who took the survey are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$7.33 - $13.52
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
$7.33 - $13.52  
$10.07 - $29.80  
National Annualized 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.
$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).
$15,258 - $32,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118

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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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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 Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Retail Store Assistant Managers or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $14K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Experience Affects Retail Store Assistant Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

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


67 %
33 %

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: 33% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 65%