How Much Do Retail Salespersons Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Retail Salespersons

Retail Salespersons sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$30940 per year
Hourly wage
$15 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$19,740 to $22,900 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$9 to $11 per hour

Entry-level Retail Salespersons with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $19,740 to $22,900 per year or $9 to $11 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Retail Salespersons to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $21 $44,570
Senior (Top 25%) $16 $32,990
Middle (Mid 50%) $13 $27,080
Junior (Bottom 25%) $11 $22,900
No experience (Bottom 10%) $9 $19,740

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $18 $37,680
WA $18 $36,840
CA $17 $35,370
HI $17 $35,280
NY $17 $35,230
RI $17 $34,760
CT $16 $34,240
ND $16 $34,080
CO $16 $33,900
VT $16 $33,880

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Retail Salesperson is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Retail Salespersons are in the states of DC, WA, CA, HI and NY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $52150 $25.07
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $49540 $23.82
Machinery Manufacturing $48990 $23.55
Building Equipment Contractors $46670 $22.44
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing $46400 $22.31
Automobile Dealers $45420 $21.84
Rubber Product Manufacturing $44780 $21.53
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance $44390 $21.34
Building Finishing Contractors $43820 $21.07
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers $43250 $20.79
Plastics Product Manufacturing $42910 $20.63
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $42730 $20.54
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers $42660 $20.51
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $42310 $20.34
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $42170 $20.27
Automotive Repair and Maintenance $41820 $20.11
Chemical Manufacturing $41170 $19.79
Ship and Boat Building $40090 $19.27
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance $40050 $19.25
Freight Transportation Arrangement $39270 $18.88
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $39200 $18.85
Nonresidential Building Construction $39080 $18.79
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $38970 $18.73
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $38840 $18.67
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing $38720 $18.62
Support Activities for Air Transportation $38660 $18.58
Furniture Stores $38590 $18.55
Facilities Support Services $38550 $18.53
Vending Machine Operators $38470 $18.50
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $38420 $18.47

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