Retail Sales Worker Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

The salary statistics of retail sales workers in the industry sector of retail trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare retail sales worker salaries in different industries within the retail trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Retail Sales Workers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,560
25th Percentile Wage
$19,270
50th Percentile Wage
$22,300
75th Percentile Wage
$26,890
90th Percentile Wage
$36,970

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for retail sales workers in the industry sector of retail trade. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) retail sales workers is $36,970. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $22,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid retail sales workers is $17,560.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of retail sales workers in the industry sector of retail trade from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$22,300
3.86% 11.08%
2016
$21,440
5.08% -
2015
$20,350
1.62% -
2014
$20,020
0.80% -
2013
$19,860
0.15% -
2012
$19,830
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Compare Retail Sales Worker Salary in Different Industries within the Retail Trade Sector

The average salaries of retail sales workers in 43 industries in the retail trade sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for retail sales worker occupations is the automobile dealers industry with an annual salary $34,110. The lowest paying industry is the gasoline stations industry (annual salary $20,080). For detailed retail sales worker salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Automobile Dealers
$34,110
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
$30,640
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$29,760
Furniture Stores
$27,380
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$24,730
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
$24,680
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$24,620
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$24,330
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$24,290
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$24,230
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$23,880
Nonstore Retailers
$23,850
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$23,830
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$23,830
Home Furnishings Stores
$23,370
Direct Selling Establishments
$23,360
Sporting Goods Stores
$22,580
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$22,490
Health and Personal Care Stores
$22,470
Health and Personal Care Stores
$22,470
Vending Machine Operators
$22,240
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$22,160
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
$22,120
Florists
$22,030
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
$22,010
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
$21,950
Clothing Stores
$21,890
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$21,870
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$21,750
Food and Beverage Stores
$21,590
Food and Beverage Stores
$21,570
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$21,490
Book Stores and News Dealers
$21,390
General Merchandise Stores
$21,380
Specialty Food Stores
$21,320
Shoe Stores
$21,140
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
$20,860
Grocery Stores
$20,810
Department Stores
$20,520
Other General Merchandise Stores
$20,510
Used Merchandise Stores
$20,250
Gasoline Stations
$20,080
Gasoline Stations
$20,080

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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