$33,959
Avg. Salary
$10.33
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$520

Bonus

$398

Profit Sharing

$3,874

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Retail Sales Associate is $10.33 per hour.

The average pay for a Retail Sales Associate is $33,959 per year.

$8.25
10%
$10.33
50%
$14.87
90%
MEDIAN $10.33
$15k
10%
$34k
50%
$61k
90%
MEDIAN $33,959
$15,469 - $61,011
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MEDIAN: $33,959
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$8.25 - $14.87
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$0$61K
Salary $15,469 - $61,011
Bonus $96.03 - $5,087
Profit Sharing $60.10 - $3,628
Commission $0.00 - $24,891
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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$17,212 - $36,799
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 739
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $8.25 - $14.87
Hourly Tips $0.12 - $7.65
Overtime $9.32 - $24.91
Annual Data $0$36K
Bonus $96.03 - $5,087
Commission $0.00 - $24,891
Profit Sharing $60.10 - $3,628
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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$17,212 - $36,799
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 8,042

Job Description for Retail Sales Associate

A retail sales associate works in the customer areas of a retail store. The store uses these workers to help maintain the location's orderliness and appearance, as well as assist shoppers in locating specific merchandise and with questions about sales or special discounts. Additionally, many stores ask their retail associates to perform duties such as restocking inventory throughout a shift. In some stores, associates are cross-trained as cashiers and may be called upon to either run a register at the front of the store or at a remote department location during busy hours. Typically, associates help with store-wide sales campaigns and special promotions; they must be knowledgeable about these campaigns and provide customers with assistance regarding sale items, discounts and customer rewards programs.

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Retail Sales 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.

Retail Sales Associate Pay By Employer

$0$39K

$22,925

$23,508

Macy's, Inc.
155 profiles
$20,130

Target Corporation
138 profiles
$22,060

T-Mobile, Inc.
90 profiles
$22,562

JCPenney
68 profiles
$19,494

$20,443

Nordstrom, Inc.
48 profiles
$24,260

Best Buy
45 profiles
$24,568

$20,762

Common Career Paths for Retail Sales Associate


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While not commonly seen, Retail Sales Associates who transition into a Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Registered Nurses is $56K per year. Retail Sales Associates moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Retail Store Assistant Managers or Retail Store Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

Retail Sales Associate Job Listings

Popular Skills for Retail Sales Associate


Retail Sales Associates report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Customer Relationship Management, Account Sales, and Inside Sales are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 15 percent, 14 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Cash Handling and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Sales Associate

Pay by Experience for a Retail Sales Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Retail Sales Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 3,331 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Retail Sales Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 1,128 salaries. An experienced Retail Sales Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 796 salaries. A Retail Sales Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 316 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,263

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Retail Sales Associates, 46 percent above the national average. Retail Sales Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+27 percent), New York (+17 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Retail Sales Associate Reviews

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

Retail Sales Associate in Tucson:
"Work flexibility, low stress, perks."
Pros: Customer interaction and being able to help customers find the perfect item!
Cons: The inconsistency of corporate policy and the inconsistent enforcement of same.

Retail Sales Associate in New Smyrna Beach:
"Stress level."
Pros: Meeting people.
Cons: Working nights and then days.

Retail Sales Associate in Hampton:
"Pay rate is nothing, Not enough to live off of."
Pros: Some of the co-workers.
Cons: Hours and pay suck.

Retail Sales Associate in Orlando:
"Wireless Associate's View."
Pros: Walmart is pretty flexible with you if you're a student and management likes you.
Cons: Other then that the job can be very stressful as the company is constantly looking to cut hours to maximize profits and that leads to us being short staffed 90% of the time.

Retail Sales Associate in St. Louis:
"Rewarding."
Pros: The thing that I like most about my job is that I interact with people. I get to help people with running shoes and offer injury prevention advice and tips.
Cons: Sometimes it is really stressful.

Retail Sales Associate in Attleboro:
"Challenging But Rewarding."
Pros: Ability to help people. Good pay. Frequent accolades from management, feeling appreciated for the work I do, receiving monetary bonuses for doing a good job.
Cons: Not your average retail job, can be very challenging and stressful at times. Physically demanding, difficult work hours, dirty/unhealthy work environment.

Retail Sales Associate in Sevierville:
"Fitting room queen."
Pros: Nice people & helping them with their needs.
Cons: The paid.

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Key Stats for Retail Sales Associate

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1484 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Retail Sales Associate Salaries

▲32%

▲17%

▲8%

National Average
$22,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Retail Sales Associate Salaries



▲10%

▲9%

▲2%



National Average
$22,000



Customer Service
▼4%

▼4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼4%

Spanish Language
▼4%


▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1484 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 60%