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Retail Salespersons

Other names for this job might include Agent, Art Dealer, Art Objects Salesperson, Associate Sales, Attendant Sales, Auto Dealer, Automobile Accessories Salesperson, Automobile Salesman, Automobiles Salesperson, Automotive Salesperson

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How Much Do Retail Salespersons Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Retail Salespersons make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as a Retail Salesperson will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).

Average salary

Annual salary
$27180 per year

Hourly wage
$13.070 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Retail Salespersons make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Retail Salespersons is $27180. Their salary can also be as low as $17810 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $41420 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $13.070 and can range from $8.560 to $19.910 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Retail Salesperson will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Retail Salespersons make with other careers, they have a salary rank of D.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$19.910$41420
Senior (Top 25%)$14.170$29480
Middle (Mid 50%)$10.900$22680
Junior (Bottom 25%)$9.330$19410
No experience (Bottom 10%)$8.560$17810

Entry-level Retail Salespersons who starts out at $19410 can expect to make $22680 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $8.560 per hour while the top 10% makes over $19.910 per hour.

While the median wage is $22680 per annum or $10.900 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Insurance Carriers28.7659810
Natural Gas Distribution27.8457910
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services23.348470
Ship and Boat Building22.9447720
Automobile Dealers21.3944480
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities21.2544190
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities20.642850
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages20.642850
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing20.4342490
Plastics Product Manufacturing20.3342290
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing20.2542130
General Freight Trucking20.0941780
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers19.9141420
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers19.6240810
Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance19.3740290
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers19.1239770
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers19.0139540
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing18.9439390
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance18.6938870
Water, Sewage and Other Systems18.3838230
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers18.2437930
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing18.2137880
Residential Building Construction18.2137870
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance18.1437740
Truck Transportation18.1237690
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing17.9737390
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing17.9637350
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services17.9237260
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers17.8737170
Automotive Repair and Maintenance17.7636950
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers17.5536490
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors17.5136420
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing17.4636320
Security Systems Services17.4536290
Depository Credit Intermediation17.4436270
Investigation and Security Services17.3536090
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing17.2735920
Offices of Physicians17.2635910
Construction of Buildings17.235770
Other Specialty Trade Contractors17.1735720
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing17.1735710
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)17.1635700
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned17.1635700
Machinery Manufacturing17.0935550
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing17.0335430
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing17.0235390
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers16.9535260
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods16.9435240
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing16.9135170
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers16.7634870
Building Finishing Contractors16.7334790
Other Building Equipment Contractors16.6434600
Specialty Trade Contractors16.5934510
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing16.5934510
Death Care Services16.5834490
General Rental Centers16.5434400
Building Equipment Contractors16.3634030
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)16.3333980
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing16.2933890
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers16.2533800
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing16.2233730
Specialized Freight Trucking16.233690
Repair and Maintenance16.1733630
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers16.1133510
Support Activities for Water Transportation16.0933480
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair15.7632770
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing15.6632570
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)15.632450
Chemical Manufacturing15.5832410
Direct Selling Establishments15.5832400
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers15.5232280
Furniture Stores15.5232270
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing15.4532140
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing15.4432120
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing15.4132050
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing15.3932020
Other Wood Product Manufacturing15.3631940
Newspaper Publishers15.2231650
Wood Product Manufacturing15.1931600
Wholesale Trade15.1931600
Wired Telecommunications Carriers15.0331270
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors15.0231240
Computer Systems Design and Related Services14.9531090
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers14.9231030
Rubber Product Manufacturing14.931000
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services14.7930760
Publishing Industries (except Internet)14.7430660
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers14.730580
Nonstore Retailers14.6730510
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers14.6530480
Textile Furnishings Mills14.6530460
Other Information Services14.5930340
Sawmills and Wood Preservation14.5530260
Support Activities for Transportation14.4730100
Support Activities for Road Transportation14.4730100
Office Administrative Services14.4730100
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance14.429960
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors14.329740
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing14.2929730
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses14.2529640
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores14.2129560
Support Activities for Air Transportation14.1929510
Rental and Leasing Services14.1929510
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores14.0829290
Miscellaneous Manufacturing14.0429200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services14.0229170
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing14.0129140
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing13.9929110
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers13.9829090
Electronics and Appliance Stores13.9829070
Management of Companies and Enterprises13.9729050
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing13.9529010
Transportation and Warehousing13.9428990
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution13.9228960
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers13.9228960
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing13.8828860
Building Material and Supplies Dealers13.8728860
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing13.8528810
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers13.7928680
Waste Management and Remediation Services13.7728650
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers13.7628630
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing13.7628620
Apparel Manufacturing13.7328550
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events13.7228530
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals13.6428380
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers13.6128310
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned13.5728220
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services13.5528180
Federal Executive Branch13.5228120
Federal government, including the US Postal Service13.5228120
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores13.4828050
Telephone Call Centers13.4728010
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance13.4728010
State government, including schools and hospitals13.4728010
Finance and Insurance13.4627990
Warehousing and Storage13.4527980
Offices of Optometrists13.4427960
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing13.4227910
Other Telecommunications13.4127890
Vending Machine Operators13.3927850
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)13.3627800
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned13.3627780
Junior colleges, Privately owned13.3627780
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing13.3227700
Home Furnishings Stores13.2927650
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)13.2927640
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods13.2827620
Junior colleges, State government owned13.2527560
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned13.2327520
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)13.2227510
Religious Organizations13.1927420
Ambulatory Health Care Services13.1427330
Hospitals, Local government owned13.0627160
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned13.0527140
Federal, State, and Local Government13.0427120
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service13.0427120
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)1327050
Outpatient Care Centers12.9726980
Educational Services, State government owned12.9526940
Educational Services, Privately owned12.9526940
Hospitals, Privately owned12.9426920
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)12.9426910
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)12.9226870
Grain and Oilseed Milling12.8726770
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service12.8726770
Printing and Related Support Activities12.8626750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned12.8626750
Nondepository Credit Intermediation12.8626740
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)12.8526730
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities12.8426710
Drycleaning and Laundry Services12.8326690
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned12.8226680
Educational Services, Local government owned12.8126650
Nonresidential Building Construction12.826630
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors12.826630
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation12.7526520
Offices of Other Health Practitioners12.7526520
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores12.7426500
Junior colleges, Local government owned12.7426490
Broadcasting (except Internet)12.7326470
Cable and Other Subscription Programming12.7326470
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing12.726420
Beverage Manufacturing12.726420
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing12.6826370
Performing Arts Companies12.6226260
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers12.626200
Educational Support Services, Privately owned12.5826160
Animal Food Manufacturing12.5626130
Home Health Care Services12.5626120
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing12.5326070
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries12.5226040
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)12.526000
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)12.4925980
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing12.3925780
All industries12.3825760
All industries, private ownership only12.3825750
Exterminating and Pest Control Services12.3525680
Retail Trade12.3225630
Grantmaking and Giving Services12.3125610
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers12.2625510
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers12.2625500
Specialized Design Services12.2325430
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services12.2225410
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned12.2125400
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services12.1925350
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries12.1825340
Textile Product Mills12.1825330
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers12.1725320
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers12.1725320
Business Support Services12.1725310
Consumer Goods Rental12.1425260
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers12.1325240
Landscaping Services12.1425240
Services to Buildings and Dwellings12.125160
Spectator Sports12.0725110
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations12.0725110
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores1224960
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services1224960
Administrative and Support Services1224960
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)11.9824920
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned11.9824920
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing11.9724900
Photographic Services11.9624870
Health and Personal Care Stores11.9124770
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations11.8324600
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land11.7824500
Personal and Laundry Services11.7724480
Utility System Construction11.7624460
Local government, including schools and hospitals11.7524440
Textile Mills11.7324400
Real Estate11.7224390
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers11.7324390
Full-Service Restaurants11.7324390
Employment Services11.7124350
Lessors of Real Estate11.724340
Traveler Accommodation11.724330
Activities Related to Real Estate11.6924320
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation11.6524230
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water11.6524230
Other Textile Product Mills11.6124140
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners11.5824080
Motion Picture and Video Industries11.5524020
Social Advocacy Organizations11.5323980
Grocery Stores11.5223960
Food and Beverage Stores11.523930
Other Personal Services11.523930
Civic and Social Organizations11.4623830
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly11.4423790
Gasoline Stations11.4323780
Gambling Industries11.4123730
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers11.4123730
Personal Care Services11.4123730
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation11.3923700
Amusement Parks and Arcades11.3623630
Casino Hotels11.3623620
Accommodation and Food Services11.3423590
Animal Slaughtering and Processing11.3323570
Pharmacies and Drug Stores11.3323570
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation11.3323570
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries11.3123520
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries11.2823460
Other Food Manufacturing11.2523390
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)11.2423380
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction11.2323360
Footwear Manufacturing11.2223330
Restaurants and Other Eating Places11.2123320
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services11.223290
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals11.1923280
Miscellaneous Store Retailers11.1823260
Other Support Services11.1723230
Sporting Goods Stores11.1423170
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions11.1323160
Specialty Food Stores11.1223140
Food Services and Drinking Places11.1223140
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)11.0522990
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores11.0222920
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing10.9822850
Other Support Activities for Transportation10.9622790
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing10.9422760
Land Subdivision10.8822620
Individual and Family Services10.8722610
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores10.8622600
Used Merchandise Stores10.8422550
Other Residential Care Facilities10.8222500
Clothing Stores10.822470
Special Food Services10.7822420
Dairy Product Manufacturing10.7722400
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores10.7622380
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities10.7622380
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps10.7622380
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)10.7122280
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing10.6822220
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores10.6722200
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters10.6722180
Food Manufacturing10.6522160
Shoe Stores10.6622160
Other General Merchandise Stores10.6522150
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction10.5922030
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities10.5922030
General Merchandise Stores10.5621960
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging10.5421930
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities10.5221870
Department Stores10.4921820
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities10.4821790
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities10.4421720
Motion Picture and Video Exhibition10.4221670
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing10.3921620
Social Assistance10.421620
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing10.3121450
Veterinary Services10.2621340
Vocational Rehabilitation Services10.1421080
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting10.1321070
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry10.1321070
Support Activities for Crop Production10.1221050
Book Stores and News Dealers10.0620920

Not all industries pay the same for Retail Salespersons.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Retail Salesperson is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Retail Salespersons are in the states of DC, RI, ND, WA and VT. The average salary in DC is $32050.

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Salary: $22180

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Rank: C+
Salary: $30300

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