$24,573
Avg. Salary
$9.87
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$516

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

$500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Retail Associate is $9.87 per hour.

The average pay for a Retail Associate is $24,573 per year.

10%
$8.03
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$9.87
50%
$13.35
90%
90%
MEDIAN $9.87
10%
$18k
10%
$25k
50%
$41k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $24,573
$17,879 - $41,084
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$41K
MEDIAN: $24,573
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$0$41K
Salary $17,879 - $41,084
Bonus $51.52 - $2,007
Profit Sharing $103 - $5,817
Commission $0.00 - $6,904
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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$16,783 - $28,987
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 28
Hourly Data $0$22
Hourly Rate $8.03 - $13.35
Hourly Tips $1.99
Overtime $5.83 - $22.61
Annual Data $0$28K
Bonus $51.52 - $2,007
Commission $0.00 - $6,904
Profit Sharing $103 - $5,817
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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$16,783 - $28,987
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 958

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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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.

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.

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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

-1%

-7%

National Average: $20,692

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 Stockton:
Pros: Selling shoes to the community helps the public to enjoy the diversity and creativeness of our brand. These shoes bestow the buyer with the mentality to become divergent.
Cons: Not many people support this brand although the many who do show a good amount of love and dedication to our brand.

Retail Associate in Seattle:
Pros: The culture is for the most part friendly and progressive.
Cons: The cost of living is outrageous. Traffic is equally outrageous. It's to the point that you can't leave town on the weekend without sitting in traffic in our more rural areas.

Retail Associate in Bridgeport:
"Working here has been enjoyable in Bridgeport."
Pros: My favorite thing is meeting new people!
Cons: My least favorite thing is the traffic.

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

Retail Associate in Clermont:
"It is nice to work with pleasant customers but sometimes theit is nice to work with pleasant customers but sometimes the workload is very stressful."
Pros: I like it when managers and others leave me alone to do my job.
Cons: Dealing with negative attitudes and pushy management.

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.

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Key Stats for Retail Associate

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Retail Associate Salaries

▲11%

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$21,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Retail Associate Salaries

Inventory Management
▲21%

National Average
$21,000


▼4%


Sales
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 70%