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Retail Sales Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of retail sales workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of retail sales workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of retail sales workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The retail sales workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Retail Sales Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for retail sales workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) retail sales workers is $37,490. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $22,400. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,560. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 113% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
3.71% 11.21%
5.10% -
1.81% -
0.85% -
0.20% -
- -

Table 2. Retail Sales Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of retail sales workers in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for retail sales workers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $37,150. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $20,200).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
Federal, State, and Local Government
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Finance and Insurance
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Retail Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Accommodation and Food Services

Table 3. Salaries of Retail Sales Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of retail sales worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Parts Salespersons
Counter and Rental Clerks and Parts Salespersons
Counter and Rental Clerks
Retail Salespersons
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers


💰 Highest paying industries for retail sales workers.