The average Chicago Sales Associate can expect to rake in roughly $10.28 per hour. While some workers in this profession — a little less than half — do not have any health coverage, close to one-half do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Female Sales Associates in Chicago survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,551 - $67,813  
   
Bonus
$347.19 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$800 - $50,000  
Total Pay (?
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$18,969 - $64,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.77 - $14.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$16.02  
Local Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$347.19 - $20,273  
   
Commission
$800 - $50,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$18,969 - $64,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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About Chicago, Illinois

Cook County, Illinois
2,720,556
Male:
1,320,015 (48.5%)
Female:
1,400,541 (51.5%)
Chicago (/ʃᵻˈkɑːɡoʊ/ or /ʃᵻˈkɔːɡoʊ/), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States, and the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S. Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation: O'Hare International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world when measured by aircraft traffic; the region also has the largest number of U.S. highways and rail road freight. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research...
Chicago:
$50,702
Illinois:
$59,588
$985
Chicago:
$238,500
Illinois:
$180,300
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Pay by Experience Level for Sales Associate

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Chicago Sales Associates see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $24K by contrast.

Key Stats for Sales Associate

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Sales Associate Salaries



National Average
$26,000


Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Sales Associate Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 86%

Account Management
up arrow 40%


Account Sales
up arrow 30%

Field Sales
up arrow 30%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 25%

Sales Management
up arrow 9%

National Average
$26,000

Inside Sales
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 14%


Organizing
up arrow 15%


Retail
up arrow 19%

Merchandising
up arrow 19%

Spanish Language
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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