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Retail Salesperson Salary Information

The salary statistics of retail salespersons are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of retail salespersons within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The retail salespersons 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 Salesperson Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,920
25th Percentile Wage
$19,930
50th Percentile Wage
$23,210
75th Percentile Wage
$29,570
90th Percentile Wage
$41,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for retail salespersons. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) retail salespersons is $41,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,210. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,920. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 130% 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 salespersons from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$23,210
2.28% 9.05%
2016
$22,680
3.97% -
2015
$21,780
1.79% -
2014
$21,390
1.17% -
2013
$21,140
0.14% -
2012
$21,110
- -

Table 2. Retail Salesperson Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of retail salespersons 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 salespersons occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $42,390. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $22,360).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$42,390
Construction
$30,140
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$28,390
Utilities
$28,250
Wholesale Trade
$28,140
Federal, State, and Local Government
$27,030
Finance and Insurance
$25,680
Educational Services
$24,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$24,600
Information
$24,310
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$24,260
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$23,830
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,820
Manufacturing
$23,630
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,420
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,260
Retail Trade
$23,150
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,970
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,840
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$22,360

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Retail Salespersons by States

From the above tables we note that not only retail salespersons salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of retail salespersons in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,070 to $28,670. The highest paying state for retail salespersons is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $28,670. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,070. For more salary information of retail salespersons profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$28,670
Washington
$27,200
Alaska
$26,910
North Dakota
$26,220
Hawaii
$25,590
Vermont
$24,900
Connecticut
$24,810
California
$24,780
Oregon
$24,670
Massachusetts
$24,550
Rhode Island
$24,200
Wyoming
$24,090
Colorado
$23,960
Minnesota
$23,780
New Hampshire
$23,700
South Dakota
$23,650
Montana
$23,350
Maine
$23,320
Nevada
$23,210
Arizona
$23,170
New York
$23,110
New Mexico
$23,030
Illinois
$22,970
Maryland
$22,880
Idaho
$22,840
Nebraska
$22,790
New Jersey
$22,740
Pennsylvania
$22,650
Virginia
$22,630
Missouri
$22,610
Oklahoma
$22,440
Alabama
$22,390
Kansas
$22,350
Iowa
$22,340
Texas
$22,300
Ohio
$22,190
Tennessee
$22,080
South Carolina
$21,980
Michigan
$21,950
Utah
$21,910
Florida
$21,890
Delaware
$21,860
Wisconsin
$21,840
North Carolina
$21,650
Mississippi
$21,640
Louisiana
$21,610
Virgin Islands
$21,550
Kentucky
$21,170
Indiana
$21,080
Georgia
$20,980
Arkansas
$20,950
West Virginia
$20,940
Guam
$19,450
Puerto Rico
$18,070



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