Retail Associate Salary

For Retail Associates, hourly average wages total $9.52 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, nearly one in four enjoy medical and dental coverage, and slightly less than a fifth have vision insurance, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$14,500 - $50,000
$14K
$25K
$50K
MEDIAN: $24,630
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$7.91 - $12.83
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MEDIAN: $9.66
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$0$50K
Salary $14,500 - $50,000
Bonus $99.33 - $2,819
Profit Sharing $406.95
Commission $0.00 - $2,473
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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$16,490 - $27,598
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $7.91 - $12.83
Hourly Tips $1.73
Overtime $8.32 - $21.64
Annual Data $0$27K
Bonus $99.33 - $2,819
Commission $0.00 - $2,473
Profit Sharing $406.95
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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$16,490 - $27,598
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 528

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Job Description for Retail Associate

Retail associates work in department stores, supermarkets, sporting goods stores, and other retail environments. Generally, they provide support to customers, work to meet sales goals, and offer additional items to customers ("upselling" products and services as required by their employer). They must answer customer questions and help resolve concerns in a timely and friendly manner. Additionally, retail associates help ensure display areas are neat, and they may also double as a cashier in smaller stores.

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Retail Associate Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Retail Associate


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Many Retail Associates move into a Retail Store Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $41K per year. Retail Store Assistant Managers or Retail Managers are common next-step roles for Retail Associates moving up in their careers; annual pay for Retail Store Assistant Managers is $12K higher on average, and it's $20K higher for Retail Managers.

Retail Associate Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Associate


Ross Group, Inc, Ross Stores, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., and Kohl's Department Stores Inc are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at The Home Depot Inc. — the median salary there is $26K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Fred Meyer Inc, and TJ Maxx Inc, where Retail Associates typically earn around $21K, $21K, or $20K, respectively.

Kohl's Department Stores Inc, The Kroger Company and Target Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $17K, $18K, and $18K.

Popular Skills for Retail Associate


Survey results suggest that Retail Associates put a wide range of professional skills to use. Fortunate workers who know Inventory Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Associate

Pay by Experience for a Retail Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Retail Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 418 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Retail Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Retail Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 73 salaries. A Retail Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 22 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $20,223

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Portland is home to an above-average pay rate for Retail Associates, 9 percent higher than the national average. Retail Associates will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+5 percent), Las Vegas (+3 percent), and New York (+2 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Employers pay around 6 percent less in San Diego and 4 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Retail Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Retail Associate?

Retail Associate in Mesa:
Pros: Good people I work with.
Cons: Low wages. No benefits. No chance to go full time.

Retail Associate in Chanhassen:
"Work."
Pros: The people.the hours, the groth.
Cons: People calling in sick, sometmes short handed. Still hve to come in on days off.

Retail Associate in Denton:
"Enjoyable."
Pros: They are very flexible, you are treated like family, very nice coworkers, fairly easy work.
Cons: The customers, we work a lot of holidays, and it would be nice if the pay was a little better. It's not terrible though, I think it's pretty reasonable. The upper management needs some work, but it's not that bad.

Retail Associate in Bellevue:
"High stress on holiday time; low hourly wage; low work hours."
Pros: Meet different kinds of people everyday;
Cons:

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Key Stats for Retail Associate

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Retail Associate Salaries

▲14%

▲5%

▲2%

National Average
$20,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Inventory Management
▲24%

National Average
$20,000


▼2%


Sales
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 73%
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