Sales Clerk Salary

Earnings for Sales Clerks in the United States come in at around $9.58 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $7.68 per hour and $13.52. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. More than half of Sales Clerks (64 percent) survey participants are women. Just under a third enjoy medical while slightly more than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-sixth. Most Sales Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$13,595 - $50,658
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,660
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90%

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$7.68 - $13.52
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
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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 - $966  
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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$16,129 - $30,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.68 - $13.52  
   
Overtime
$1.45 - $17.40  
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$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
   
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).
)
$16,129 - $30,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 329
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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 often transition into a Sales Clerk or Cashier position. Sales Clerks and Cashiers report a slightly lower median income of $17K.

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Job skills reported by Sales Clerks are limited. 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. Employees educated in Customer Service are typically practiced in Sales, too.

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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $19K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $21K. Sales Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $21K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $23K.

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Experience Affects Sales Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Sales Clerk Salaries

Sales
up arrow 1%

National Average
$20,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Cash Handling
up arrow 13%

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
12%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 66%
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