Sales Clerk Salary
The average Sales Clerk in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $9.90 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.88 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.29. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Female Sales Clerks are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. Although over a third have medical coverage and just under one in four have dental coverage, the larger part claim no health benefits at all. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Sales clerks generally hold an entry-level position in retail stores, although any company that sells goods to the general public may have sales clerks. These clerks assist customers, run checkout procedures and cash registers, and generally act as the "faces" that customers associate with a business. The sales clerk must know how to work a cash register and/or point-of-sale (POS) computer system, as well as accurately input any required data on the store’s POS system. The clerk must also be trained in secure cash and credit card handling procedures as well. Additionally, the sales clerk must know how to handle discounts, coupons, and irregular pricing and procedures where tags are conflicting or unavailable.Read More...
Sales clerks typically also spend much of their work time on the sales floor assisting customers. In this role, the clerk should have a good understanding of the goods and products the business has to offer, as well as provide guidance and seek out help from a supervisor or manager if necessary. Sales clerks are also used throughout a shift in keeping the retail sales space clean and tidy, as well as help set up displays or restock goods.
This job is held by persons across a variety of educational backgrounds, from current high school students to college graduates. In some specialized retail situations, a company may favor persons with an background specific to the goods that particular store offers. Sales clerks may work part-time or full-time shifts in a retail environment. A clerk should expect to spend most of their time sitting or standing at a register and moving around the store.
Sales Clerk 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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Sales Clerks report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Sales, Order Inventory, and Cash Handling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 24 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Many workers who know Cash Handling also know Customer Service.
Pay by Experience Level for Sales Clerk
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $20K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $22K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sales Clerks make a median salary of $22K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $23K.
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