Retail Store Assistant Salary
For Retail Store Assistants, hourly average wages total $10.04 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.97 per hour on the low end to $15.50 on the high end. Nearly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in five collect dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$17,960 - $44,698|
|Total Pay (||$16,914 - $39,298|
|Hourly Rate||$7.97 - $15.50|
|Overtime||$10.00 - $34.00|
|Total Pay (||$16,914 - $39,298|
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. 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 $11K higher and $10K higher, respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for Retail Store Assistant
Pay by Experience for a Retail Store Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Retail Store Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 88 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Retail Store Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 27 salaries. An experienced Retail Store Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 21 salaries. A Retail Store Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 8 salaries.
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