Sales Associate Salary

A Sales Associate earns an average wage of $9.75 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), Sales Management, and Inside Sales.

$21,248 - $71,064
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$40K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,157
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$7.92 - $13.78
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MEDIAN: $9.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,248 - $71,064  
   
Bonus
$145.32 - $15,394  
Profit Sharing
$79.32 - $8,808  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,784  
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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$16,738 - $43,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,833
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.92 - $13.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $4.94  
Overtime
$8.84 - $22.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$145.32 - $15,394  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,784  
Profit Sharing
$79.32 - $8,808  
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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$16,738 - $43,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14,051

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Job Description for Sales Associate

Sales associates often work in department stores. They answering customers’ questions, solve product concerns, and sometimes act as cashiers. Sales associates can also work in fields like telemarketing and auto sales.

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Sales Associate Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sales Associate

Pay by Experience for a Sales Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Sales Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 12,561 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sales Associate 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 3,057 salaries. An experienced Sales Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,845 salaries. A Sales Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 711 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,262

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Sales Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sales Associate?

Sales Associate in Shoreline:
"Work flexibility, gratis, great team."
Pros: Flexibility, not a lot of stress, talking to customers, handling cash, gratis.
Cons: Co-workers are lazy, steal customers, keeping track of who sells the most, the hours you get are based on how much you sell.

Sales Associate in Oshkosh:
Pros: We are a family. Everyone cares so much about each other and making sure customers have an amazing experience.
Cons: Favoritism is shown by some managers to sales associates. And not all sales associates are held to the same standard and others.

Sales Associate in Evanston:
Pros: The friends you can make. And getting some knowledge of how things work at a store. The are flexible with scheduling hours.
Cons: Standing all the time never allowed to rest the legs. Only get a measly 15 minute break.

Sales Associate in Boise:
"I absolutely love my job!"
Pros: I love the customers, the math, autonomy, and freedom that I have with this position. I enjoy being left to make decisions on my own and trusted that my knowledge and experience are going to beneficial in various situations.
Cons: My manager and my pay. Both are lazy and underwhelming.

Sales Associate in Eatontown:
"Most People Hate Retail, I Don't."
Pros: I love interacting with the different customers. I love being able to help the customer's with everything. I love how you can broadcast your individual creativity.
Cons: They will not move me up to a higher position. I feel as if I don't get paid enough. They don't give me enough hours.

Sales Associate in Los Angeles:
"Interesting, different from other jobs I've had."
Pros: Working with new upcoming restaurants, contractors, design companies.
Cons: Management is too messy, they do not know how to expand.

Sales Associate in New York:
Pros: Helping people and swing them smile from the amazing job I've done. Learning something new to help me grow in the company.
Cons: Difficult to get promotions, write ups for getting overtime or being "insubordinate". Inconsistent hourshours; I leave work at 12am and is expected back at 9am, 12pm.

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Key Stats for Sales Associate

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2269 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Sales Associate Salaries

▲47%

▲29%

▲12%

National Average
$21,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Sales Associate Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2269 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 62%
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