A Sales Associate earns an average wage of $9.65 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.

$20,720 - $70,400
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$21K
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$70K
MEDIAN: $39,845
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$7.86 - $13.65
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,720 - $70,400  
   
Bonus
$146.81 - $16,000  
Profit Sharing
$59.53 - $6,147  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,333  
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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$16,590 - $43,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,825
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.86 - $13.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $5.20  
Overtime
$8.70 - $23.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$146.81 - $16,000  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,333  
Profit Sharing
$59.53 - $6,147  
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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$16,590 - $43,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13,629
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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

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Sales Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,010

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What is it like working as a Sales Associate?

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.

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Experience Affects Sales Associate Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Skills That Affect Sales Associate Salaries







Microsoft Office
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Customer Relations
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Computer Service
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$21,000

Spanish Language
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Customer Service
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Merchandising
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Organizing
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Retail
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2051 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 62%
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