Retail Store Assistant Salary

The average Retail Store Assistant in the United States earns approximately $9.05 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.39 per hour on the lower end to $14.05 on the higher end. Some workers in this field — a majority — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just under a third and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than a fifth. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female Retail Store Assistants are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (63 percent) are women. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$7.39 - $14.05
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.39 - $14.05  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $30.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
   
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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$15,433 - $31,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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

  • 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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Retail Store Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $40K per year. Career advancement for the typical Retail Store Assistant often leads to becoming a Retail Store Assistant Manager or an Administrative Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $13K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Experience Affects Retail Store Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 57%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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