Retail Store Assistant Salary
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.
|Salary||$18,121 - $45,345|
|Total Pay (||$16,630 - $34,049|
|Hourly Rate||$7.90 - $14.81|
|Overtime||$11.84 - $34.46|
|Total Pay (||$16,630 - $34,049|
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.Read More...
It is important to be friendly, to be able to love working with customers, and to be able to adapt service to individual customers. It is essential to keep the store neat and clean, so it is welcoming to customers at all times. Stock levels may be monitored by the assistant, and inventory duties may be carried out. Items that are selling well may be communicated to management so that these items can be stocked up on. Merchandise may also be arranged by the assistant, so it is presented in a manner that is attractive to customers.
The retail store assistant will usually work with other assistants, so strong teamwork skills are important. Other duties that involve things such as cashiering and answering telephone calls may also be given to the assistant. Often, a minimum of a high school diploma is required, though some places of employment will be willing to hire high school students.
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
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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