Sales Clerk Salary

Sales Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.62 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.67 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $13.67. The company and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while roughly a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a sixth. Female Sales Clerks are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. Most Sales Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$7.67 - $13.67
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.67 - $13.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.58  
Overtime
$2.47 - $19.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $690  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$950  
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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$16,138 - $30,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 403
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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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Although many Sales Clerks transition into Sales Clerk or Cashier roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $18K.

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Popular Skills for Sales Clerk


Survey results show that Sales Clerks typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Sales, Customer Service, and Cash Handling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cash Handling. Customer Service is a skill commonly found among those who know Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Sales Clerk

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


For Sales Clerks, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $19K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $21K. Sales Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $22K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $23K.

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Experience Affects Sales Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Sales Clerk Salaries

Sales
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$20,000

Cash Handling
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 68%
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