The average hourly pay for a Sales Associate with Merchandising skills is $10.25.
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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
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Sales Associate
The top respondents for the job title Sales Associate are from the companies The Home Depot Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc and JCPenney. Reported salaries are highest at Dillard's, Inc. where the average pay is $12.31. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Home Depot Inc. and Target Corporation, earning around $11.31 and $11.17, respectively. Dollar General Corporation pays the lowest at around $8.18. JCPenney and Macy's, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $8.92 and $10.24, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Sales Associate
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Skills that pay less than market rate include Organizing, Customer Relations, 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 250 salaries. An early career Sales Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.05 based on 1,995 salaries. A mid-career Sales Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.93 based on 625 salaries. An experienced Sales Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.84 based on 441 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 Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 12.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (12.0% more) and San Diego, California (10.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (1.5% less).
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