Average Hourly Rate for Hot Topic, Inc. Employees

Industry, Calif.-based Hot Topic, Inc. hires for positions ranging from Retail Store Manager to Sales Associate in the clothing. The average pay for Hot Topic, Inc. employees is $10.82 per hour. With overtime, that gets bumped up to $21.56. How long you've been working is weighted most heavily when it comes to salary consideration at Hot Topic, Inc.; what you do at the company has a (lesser) effect as well. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Hot Topic, Inc. Hourly Rate


Retail Store Manager
14 profiles

Sales Associate
12 profiles

Retail Store Assistant Manager
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4 profiles

Assistant Store Manager
2 profiles

General Store Manager
2 profiles

Key Holder
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  • Updated: 15 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 49
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About This Company

Industry, California 91748

Clothing, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores, Retail

Hot Topic

Source: Freebase

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $13.54 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Hot Topic, Inc. employees (52 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $9.95 per hour on average.


By state, Ohio offers the highest pay at $16.32 per hour.


Retail Store Managers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at around $17.67 per hour; Assistant Store Managers, Retail Store Assistant Managers, and Key Holders also rank near the top of the list, pulling in approximately $11.53, about $9.94, and $9.25, respectively. With salaries averaging $8.50, Sales Associates are among the lowest paid at Hot Topic, Inc.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications, who make about $13.00 per hour. At Hot Topic, Inc., employees who hold a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) receive the highest pay at $16.25.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Leadership; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $17.11 per hour. One of the more prevalent skills at Hot Topic, Inc. is Customer Service, with a majority considering it a key competency. Employees also tend to know Retail, Sales Management, and Merchandising.

Benefits and Perks

Only 19 percent at Hot Topic, Inc. enjoy paid vacation time, and just an eighth of survey participants can take sick leave. Nearly one-fourth of workers save for retirement through Hot Topic, Inc.'s 401(k) plan. At Hot Topic, Inc., a majority of workers have health insurance, and the larger part of respondents have dental coverage. Some other perks are a casual working environment, company store discount, life insurance, and employee assistance programmes (eaps).

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Key Stats for Hot Topic, Inc.


48 %
52 %
Hourly Rate
$9 - $17
Hourly Rate
$7 - $17

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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