Sales Clerk Salary

Pay for Sales Clerks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $9.59 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.69 per hour and $13.48. The specific employer and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Sales Clerks who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. The majority of Sales Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while slightly less than a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a sixth.

$7.69 - $13.48

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.69 - $13.48  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $17.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $963  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$16,202 - $30,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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 $17K.

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Sales Clerks only 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Cash Handling. Experience with Customer Service is often linked with knowledge of Sales.

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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $21K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $19K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sales Clerks make a median salary of $21K. As Sales Clerks reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $23K.

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Experience Affects Sales Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Sales Clerk Salaries

Sales
up arrow 1%

National Average
$20,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Cash Handling
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 67%
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