The average hourly pay for a Sales Associate is $10.14.
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Job Description for Sales Associate
Sales associates often work in department stores. They answering customers’ questions, solve product concerns, and sometimes act as cashiers. Sales associates can also work in fields like telemarketing and auto sales. Sales associates often enter sales data into computers, so it is important that associates be comfortable working with computers. Sales associates can either work part-time or full-time, and the hours can vary from business to business. In some cases, associates can have irregula…Read more
Popular Employer Salaries for Sales Associate
The top respondents for the job title Sales Associate are from the companies Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc. and Macy's, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Best Buy where the average pay is $11.42. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Home Depot Inc. and Target Corporation, earning around $11.08 and $10.94, respectively. Dollar General Corporation pays the lowest at around $8.02. JCPenney and Macy's, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $9.03 and $9.84, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Sales Associate
Avg. Hourly Rate
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Sales Associate
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 $9.57 based on 10,698 salaries. An early career Sales Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.98 based on 17,471 salaries. A mid-career Sales Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.94 based on 5,124 salaries. An experienced Sales Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.86 based on 3,226 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $12.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Sales Associate in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 15.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (13.5% more) and Chicago, Illinois (8.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (0.9% less), Atlanta, Georgia (0.8% less) and Houston, Texas (0.8% less).
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