Average Entry-Level Sales Associate Hourly Pay

$9.95
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,004
Bonus
$1,223
Commission
$350
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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Sales Associate is $9.95.
10%
$7.89
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$9.95
90%
$13.08
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Hourly Rate
$8 - $13
Bonus
$12 - $11,896
Profit Sharing
$83 - $12,605
Commission
$10 - $14,609
Total Pay
$16,592 - $34,259
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What Do Sales Associates Do?

The top respondents for the job title Sales Associate are from the companies Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc. and Dollar General Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at The Home Depot Inc. where the average pay is $11.07. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc and Old Navy, earning around $10.63 and $9.95, respectively. Aeropostale Incorporated pays the lowest at around $7.96. Dollar General Corporation and JCPenney also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $7.98 and $8.78, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Sales Associates?

Skills that pay less than market rate include Organizing, Customer Relations, Cash Handling, Retail and Customer Service.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Sales Associates?

An early career Sales Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.34 based on 15,373 salaries. A mid-career Sales Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.29 based on 4,049 salaries. An experienced Sales Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.18 based on 2,750 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 Los Angeles, California earn an average of 22.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (20.3% more) and Chicago, Illinois (12.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (2.9% less), Charlotte, North Carolina (2.4% less) and Dallas, Texas (1.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 23,709 survey responses.
Early Career
64.8%
Mid Career
17.1%
Experienced
11.6%
Late Career
6.5%