Salary for Retail Salespersons

Also known as:  Automotive Salesperson, Department Store Salesperson, Menswear Salesperson, New Car Salesperson, Pet Supplies Salesperson, Pets Salesperson, Shoe Salesperson, Used Car Salesperson, Women's Apparel Salesperson helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

A retail salesperson works in an establishment which sells a variety of products including vehicles, appliances or apparel to customers. They maintain an extensive knowledge of sales, products and promotions and are able to quickly answer customer inquiries about products by phone or in person. They possess superior customer service skills and communicate effectively across departments and with customers alike. They are able to recommend specific merchandise and assist with store inventory. They greet customers upon arrival and are able to take and process payments on-site using sales equipment such as credit card processors, cash registers and bar code readers. A high school diploma is required for employment in this professional field.

A Retail Salesperson will most likely earn average salaries on a scale from 16000 to 24000 based on experience and education levels. Retail Salespersons earn wages of Twenty Five Thousand dollars per year.

Retail Salespersons can get the highest pay in Florida, where they receive average compensation of about $26900. These professionals receive the highest compensation in Construction, which has salary pay of $36100.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 8.98 percent nationwide in that time.


Retail Salespersons tend to make the most in the following industries:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Wholesale Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Health Care and Social Assistance
Accommodation and Food Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Retail Trade