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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Retail Sales Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,530
25th Percentile Wage
$19,010
50th Percentile Wage
$21,570
75th Percentile Wage
$27,000
90th Percentile Wage
$37,670

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 $37,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,530. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 114% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of retail sales workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201621,5705.10%7.79%
201520,4701.81%-
201420,1000.85%-
201319,9300.20%-
201219,890--

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 $36,570. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $19,780).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$36,570
Utilities
$33,880
Wholesale Trade
$30,250
Construction
$28,870
Federal, State, and Local Government
$27,490
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$26,220
Finance and Insurance
$24,170
Educational Services
$23,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$23,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$23,360
Transportation and Warehousing
$22,990
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,550
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$22,300
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,260
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,240
Manufacturing
$22,000
Retail Trade
$21,440
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$21,350
Information
$20,820
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,780

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
$29,780
Counter and Rental Clerks and Parts Salespersons
$27,030
Counter and Rental Clerks
$25,550
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers
$23,780
Retail Salespersons
$22,680
Cashiers
$20,200
Cashiers
$20,180



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