Average Experienced Retail Sales Associate Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Experienced Retail Sales Associate is $12.07.
MEDIAN $12.07
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $18
$150 - $5,040
Profit Sharing
$25 - $3,052
$198 - $29,988
Total Pay
$19,309 - $44,965

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Job Description for Retail Sales Associate

The top respondents for the job title Retail Sales Associate are from the companies Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc. and Macy's, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Lowe's Companies, Inc where the average pay is $15.84. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Home Depot Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, earning around $14.76 and $12.53, respectively. JCPenney pays the lowest at around $10.17. Macy's, Inc. and Target Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $10.18 and $11.12, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Retail Sales Associate. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Retail Sales Associate
Administrative Assistant
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Retail Sales Associate

Skills in Customer Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Merchandising, Cash Handling, Retail and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Sales Associate

An entry-level Retail Sales Associate with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $9.82 based on 2,596 salaries. An early career Retail Sales Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.21 based on 4,907 salaries. A mid-career Retail Sales Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.11 based on 1,909 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $13.
Employees with Retail Sales Associate in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 25.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (22.1% more) and Phoenix, Arizona (17.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (0.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 9,998 survey responses.
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