Retail Store Assistants in the United States take home approximately $9.77 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.83 per hour, and the top verges on $14.79. Men make up a slight majority of Retail Store Assistants (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Retail Store Assistants are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in five collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,000 - $47,200
(Median)
$19K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $30,634
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$7.83 - $14.79
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,000 - $47,200  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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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$16,494 - $34,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.83 - $14.79  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $34.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$16,494 - $34,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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 $41K per year. It is quite typical for Retail Store Assistants to transition into roles as Retail Store Assistant Managers or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $11K and $11K higher per year.

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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.


Retail Store Assistants who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $20K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $22K. Retail Store Assistants see a median salary of $26K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $30K.

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Experience Affects Retail Store Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 68%
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