Sales Clerk Salary

Sales Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $9.54 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $7.60 per hour and $13.80. The company and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Sales Clerks (64 percent) who took the survey are female. Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in five collect dental insurance. For the most part, Sales Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,595 - $50,658
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $30,339
10%
50%
90%

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$7.60 - $13.80
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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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 - $7,500  
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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$15,921 - $30,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.60 - $13.80  
   
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.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $862  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,500  
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).
)
$15,921 - $30,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292

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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 move into Sales Clerk or Cashier roles. Sales Clerks and Cashiers seem to make a little less than Sales Clerks as their salaries average out to $17K a year.

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Sales Clerks report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Sales, Customer Service, and Cash Handling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cash Handling. Sales is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $19K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $21K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 $25K.

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Experience Affects Sales Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Sales Clerk Salaries

Customer Service
0%

Sales
0%

National Average
$20,000

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
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 67%