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Sales Clerk Salary

Sales Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $9.60 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $7.63 per hour and $13.70. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Sales Clerks survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Most Sales Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a fifth collect dental insurance.

$13,595 - $50,658
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $30,339
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$7.63 - $13.70
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,595 - $50,658  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $862  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$16,006 - $30,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.63 - $13.70  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $862  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,152  
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).
)
$16,006 - $30,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 302

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Job Description for Sales Clerk

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.

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Sales Clerk 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.

Common Career Paths for Sales Clerk


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Many Sales Clerks transition into upper-level roles like Sales Clerk or Cashier. However, Sales Clerks and Cashiers do report a slightly lower median income of $17K per year.

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Sales Clerks usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Sales, Customer Service, and Cash Handling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cash Handling. Customer Service and Sales are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Sales Clerk

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Sales Clerks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $19K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $21K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $21K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Sales Clerk with more than 20 years of experience can earn $25K on average.

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Experience Affects Sales Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Sales Clerk Salaries

Sales
0%

National Average
$20,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Cash Handling
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 68%
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