Sales Associate Salary (United States)

A Sales Associate earns an average wage of $9.14 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.
Sales Associate Salary (?
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$23,570 - $65,806
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MEDIAN: $39,656
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Sales Associate Salary (?
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$7.48 - $14.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$23,570 - $65,806  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,785  
Profit Sharing
$52.17 - $5,781  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,348  
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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$16,011 - $53,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.48 - $14.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $4.40  
Overtime
$7.85 - $23.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,785  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,348  
Profit Sharing
$52.17 - $5,781  
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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$16,011 - $53,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 8,318
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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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Experience Affects Sales Associate Salaries

National Average
$22,000

Skills That Affect Sales Associate Salaries

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Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 51%