Average Sales Associate with Merchandising Skills Hourly Pay

$10.25
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$504
Bonus
$1,439
Commission
$297
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Sales Associate with Merchandising skills is $10.25.
10%
$8.17
10%
$10.25
50%
$13.82
90%
90%
MEDIAN $10.25
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Hourly Rate
$8 - $14
Bonus
$96 - $4,970
Profit Sharing
$88 - $1,530
Commission
$10 - $14,289
Total Pay
$17,098 - $31,732

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Job Description for Sales Associate

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.
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

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.
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).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,499 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.1%
Early Career
57.0%
Mid Career
17.9%
Experienced
12.6%
Late Career
5.4%