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Sales Clerk Salary

Sales Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $9.49 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $7.61 per hour on the lower side but can approach $13.89 on the higher side. The specific employer and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Sales Clerks are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. Approximately one-third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-fifth collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Sales Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.
$7.61 - $13.89
MEDIAN: $9.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$7.61 - $13.89  
$0.00 - $18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $969  
$0.00 - $8,000  
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).
$15,871 - $30,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 278
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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.


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 an upper level Sales Clerk or Cashier position and may see a small drop in pay. Sales Clerks and Cashiers earn $17K on average.

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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 Customer Service, Sales, 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. Experience with Cash Handling is often linked with knowledge of Customer Service.

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. 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. Sales Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $22K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Sales Clerks with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $25K.

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Experience Affects Sales Clerk Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Sales Clerk Salaries

Customer Service

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Cash Handling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.


64 %
36 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 65%