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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Retail Salesperson Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,810
25th Percentile Wage
$19,410
50th Percentile Wage
$22,680
75th Percentile Wage
$29,480
90th Percentile Wage
$41,420

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 $41,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $22,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,810. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 132% 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 salespersons from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201622,6803.97%6.92%
201521,7801.79%-
201421,3901.17%-
201321,1400.14%-
201221,110--

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 $41,930. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $21,220).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$41,930
Utilities
$35,350
Construction
$30,050
Information
$27,620
Federal, State, and Local Government
$27,440
Wholesale Trade
$27,270
Finance and Insurance
$25,460
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$24,290
Educational Services
$24,270
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$23,880
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$23,770
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,400
Manufacturing
$23,060
Transportation and Warehousing
$22,930
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,830
Retail Trade
$22,600
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,500
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$22,460
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$22,010
Health Care and Social Assistance
$21,220

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 $18,250 to $27,520. The highest paying state for retail salespersons is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $27,520. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,250. 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
$27,520
Alaska
$26,330
North Dakota
$26,090
Washington
$25,980
Hawaii
$25,520
Oregon
$24,640
Vermont
$24,500
California
$24,270
Connecticut
$24,080
Massachusetts
$23,760
Rhode Island
$23,760
Wyoming
$23,740
Colorado
$23,650
New Hampshire
$23,630
Maine
$23,360
South Dakota
$23,350
New Mexico
$23,270
Nevada
$23,190
Montana
$23,100
Idaho
$22,960
Illinois
$22,890
New Jersey
$22,700
Nebraska
$22,650
Minnesota
$22,610
Missouri
$22,500
Texas
$22,410
Pennsylvania
$22,350
New York
$22,310
Alabama
$22,300
Virginia
$22,280
Maryland
$22,230
Kansas
$22,220
Arizona
$22,100
Tennessee
$21,960
Virgin Islands
$21,840
Oklahoma
$21,770
Iowa
$21,760
Utah
$21,670
Mississippi
$21,620
Ohio
$21,590
Delaware
$21,540
Louisiana
$21,520
Florida
$21,490
South Carolina
$21,450
Michigan
$21,270
North Carolina
$21,200
Wisconsin
$21,060
Indiana
$20,500
Kentucky
$20,450
Georgia
$20,310
Arkansas
$20,220
West Virginia
$20,200
Guam
$19,680
Puerto Rico
$18,250



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