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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$17,560|
|25th Percentile Wage||$19,290|
|50th Percentile Wage||$22,400|
|75th Percentile Wage||$27,320|
|90th Percentile Wage||$37,490|
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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of retail sales workers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
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|| |