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.

$17,960 - $44,698
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$28K
$45K
MEDIAN: $27,500
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$7.97 - $15.50
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MEDIAN: $10.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$17,960 - $44,698  
   
Bonus
$900  
Profit Sharing
$18,000  
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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$16,914 - $39,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $15.50  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $34.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$900  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$18,000  
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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$16,914 - $39,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 113

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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

  • 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


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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.

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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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Key Stats for Retail Store Assistant

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Retail Store Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲42%

Experienced
▲21%

Mid-Career
▲14%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 18%
no benefits
None: 64%
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