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Average Sales Associate Hourly Pay

$10.75
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,177
Bonus
$4,544
Commission
$387
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Sales Associate is $10.75.
10%
$8.30
MEDIAN
$10.75
90%
$15.02
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Hourly Rate
$8 - $15
Bonus
$99 - $14,506
Profit Sharing
$97 - $5,025
Commission
$693 - $30,176
Total Pay
$17,611 - $44,662
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What Do Sales Associates Do?

Job Satisfaction for Sales Associate

3.6 out of 5
(4,537)
Highly Satisfied
463Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Sales Associate are from the companies The Home Depot Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc and Dollar General Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Best Buy where the average pay is $12.09. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. and The Home Depot Inc., earning around $11.97 and $11.61, respectively. Dollar General Corporation pays the lowest at around $8.20. JCPenney and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $9.36 and $11.13, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Sales Associates?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Sales Associates?

An entry-level Sales Associate with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.07 based on 3,119 salaries. An early career Sales Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.55 based on 14,013 salaries. A mid-career Sales Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.40 based on 3,739 salaries. An experienced Sales Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.29 based on 2,565 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $13.
Employees with Sales Associate in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 22.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (19.5% more) and Chicago, Illinois (11.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (5.6% less), Atlanta, Georgia (4.7% less) and Miami, Florida (3.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 24,923 survey responses.
Entry Level
12.5%
Early Career
56.2%
Mid Career
15.0%
Experienced
10.3%
Late Career
6.0%