The average hourly pay for an Experienced Retail Sales Associate is $12.07.
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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 …Read more
Popular Employer Salaries 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.
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Popular Skills for Retail Sales Associate
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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.
Pay Difference by Location
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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).
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