Sales Associate Salary

A Sales Associate earns an average wage of $9.22 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Field Sales, Account Sales, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Inside Sales, and Sales Management.

$23,364 - $67,349

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$7.58 - $14.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,364 - $67,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,823  
Profit Sharing
$51.26 - $5,860  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,440  
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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$16,150 - $49,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,395
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.58 - $14.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $6.62  
Overtime
$8.07 - $24.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,823  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,440  
Profit Sharing
$51.26 - $5,860  
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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$16,150 - $49,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,153
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Job Description for Sales Associate

Sales Associates are the primary workers who drive the retail industry. While they may be low in the industry employment structure, their position is generally the starting point for all jobs in the retail industry. They must be friendly and able to work with the public in providing assistance while also prioritizing sales.

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Sales Associate Tasks

  • Attend special training of products/services to understand the product features, trends or styles of the products/services.
  • Sell the organization's products/services to new or established customers typically via walk-in business.
  • Process payment for products or service, may maintain customer preference records.
  • Assist the customer in selecting products/services, answer questions and check for stock and availability.

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What is it like working as a Sales Associate?

Sales Associate in Madison:
"Challenging, but exciting."
Pros: Everyday is different, and I am constantly moving. I get to help customers find exactly what they want.
Cons: There are customers that are rude or difficult.

Sales Associate in Olongapo City:
"Good customer service."
Pros: I like talking to customers and giving them the best assistance I can make. I like having communication with them (sales talk) while giving them the best products we have. Introducing new products is great and easy to sell because most of the customers like the latest arrival and design.
Cons: Being disappointed when I cannot make the customer buy. For that I felt a little bit upset when I gave all my effort giving them the best shot (sales talk ).

Sales Associate in College Station:
"Fun."
Pros: I enjoy talking with customers, training new employees, helping co-workers with their tasks, and learning about fashion.
Cons: My boss can be hard to work for. It is a lot of work for little pay.

Sales Associate in Adairsville:
"A Perfect Fit."
Pros: Of all the various work-related tasks, my favorite is a perfectly successful sale. Despite the daily drudgery of answering the same questions over and over again, when the sale is complete and the product properly delivered and installed, I find satisfaction in my customers level of satisfaction. Helping people is what I enjoy the most.
Cons: Irrelevant complications with orders... In the same manner that a waiter/waitress finds that all things guest-related have gone perfectly from said wait-staffs perspective only to find that, somewhere in the process the specifics requested by the guest were forgotten, I feel quite dysfunctional when orders go awry due to things beyond my control. Keeping calm and correcting the problem, both internally and externally, while being cursed from head to toe is a challenge.

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Experience Affects Sales Associate Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Sales Associate Salaries







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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2052 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 55%
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