Sales Clerks in the United States pull down an average of $9.85 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.86 per hour on the lower side but can approach $14.32 on the higher side. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Approximately one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a fifth collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Sales Clerks who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$23,798 - $39,305
(Median)
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$31K
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MEDIAN: $30,577
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$7.86 - $14.32
(Median)
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$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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50%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$30,578  
   
Bonus
$117.45 - $3,064  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$16,568 - $31,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.86 - $14.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.69  
Overtime
$5.25 - $21.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$117.45 - $3,064  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$16,568 - $31,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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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Sales Clerks who take on a higher-level position such as Sales Clerk or Cashier may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Sales Clerks and Cashiers on average bring home $18K.

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Popular Skills for Sales Clerk


Job skills reported by Sales Clerks are limited. 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, 28 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. 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.


Sales Clerks with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $20K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $22K. Sales Clerks bring in $23K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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What is it like working as a Sales Clerk?

Sales Clerk in Rockledge:
"Sales clerk."
Pros: Work environment is professional, The schedule is flexible, management is fair, and the ability to interact with people on the day to day.
Cons: Rude customers, lack of hours on schedule, pay.

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Experience Affects Sales Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Sales Clerk Salaries

Sales
up arrow 37%

Order Inventory
up arrow 28%

Cash Handling
up arrow 14%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 66%
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