Salary for Retail Salespersons

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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 career community 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 can earn average salaries in a range of $19,740 and $44,570 depending on tenure and industry expertise. usually get an average wage of thirty thousand nine hundred and fourty dollars every year.

are compensated highest in District of Columbia, where they can earn an average pay rate of just about $37,680. Employees in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Construction, where they earn salary pay of $40,440.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 34.93 percent nationwide in that time.


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

Wholesale Trade
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Accommodation and Food Services
Public Administration
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Retail Trade
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