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Retail Store Assistant Salary

The average Retail Store Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $8.51 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.31 per hour and $13.45. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. While some workers in this profession — a majority — do not have any health coverage, nearly one in three do receive medical benefits and about a fourth have dental insurance. Female Retail Store Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$7.31 - $13.45
MEDIAN: $8.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$7.31 - $13.45  
$9.64 - $29.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $3,600  
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).
$15,213 - $33,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Retail Store Assistants who advance to upper-end positions like Retail Store Manager. Retail Store Managers make $40K per year on average. The most common next step for a Retail Store Assistant is to become a Retail Store Assistant Manager or an Administrative Assistant. The former position pays an additional $14K per year on average, and the latter position pays $13K more per year.

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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 17 votes.


73 %
27 %

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: 34% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 64%