- Retail hourly wages in the US vary, ranging from minimum wage paychecks to well above the $7.25 mark.
- Business Insider teamed up with Glassdoor to take a look at the highest-paid sales associate jobs in the US, based on submitted salary reports over the past two years.
- We also looked at reports from Investopedia and The Penny Hoarder and listed all positions from least to highest paying – from Crate and Barrel to Costco.
- Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.
While most retail workers make the minimum wage or just above it, a select number earn increasingly high salaries.
We teamed up with Glassdoor to take a look at the highest-paid retail jobs in the US; Glassdoor’s findings include several jewelry stores, along with high-end department stores such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Combined with additional data from The Penny Hoarder and Investopedia, some of these specific retail positions make significantly more than similar hourly jobs in other industries, such as those working in fast-food.
Compared to Glassdoor figures from four years ago, many retailers have remained high-ranking, though this year’s findings include several new companies. Additionally, Business Insider’s Kate Taylor and Mary Hanbury previously reported major retailers such as Costco, Amazon, and Target are continually raising wages in the ongoing “war for talent.”
For Glassdoor averages, the amounts represent averages of hourly salaries submitted on Glassdoor from January 1, 2017 to June 19, 2019 for sales associate jobs in the retail industry. Only employers with at least 10 sales associate salaries submitted during that period were included. Investopedia’s findings include the most up-to-date pay rates as of 2018.
16. Crate and Barrel: Sales Associate
Crate and Barrel Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.17
Glassdoor reported that Crate and Barrel sales associates make over $12. The houseware and furniture chain is a part of the Otto Group; according to the company website, the group “employs 7,500 associates across Crate and Barrel and CB2.” CB2 is Crate and Barrel’s “millennial-focused” sister brand.
15. Lowe’s: Sales Associate
- Thomson Reuters
Lowe’s Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.22
14. Nordstrom Rack: Sales Associate
- Yelp/Rabia J.
Nordstrom Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.44
13. Coach: Sales Associate
- Wikimedia Commons
Coach Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.47
12. Jared Galleria of Jewelry: Sales Associate
Jared Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.58
11. Saks Fifth Avenue: Sales Associate
Saks Fifth Avenue Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.74
10. REI: Sales Associate
REI Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $13
9. Bloomingdale’s: Sales Associate
- Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Bloomingdale’s Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $13.33
The Penny Hoarder reported that sales associates earn around $12.25.
8. Dillard’s: Sales Associate
- RoadSidePictures via flickr
Dillard’s Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $13.41
7. Trader Joe’s: Crew Member
- Jessica Tyler/Business Insider
Trader Joe’s Crew Member Average Hourly Pay: $13.41
Glassdoor’s reported salaries show that Trader Joe’s crew members earn averages of $15 on average. Additionally, The Penny Hoarder reported that “Trader Joe’s pays the folks who create their hand-drawn signs almost $14 an hour.”
6. The Container Store: Sales Associate
- Steel Wool via flickr
The Container Store Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $13.91
4. Amazon: Worker
Amazon Worker Average Hourly Pay: $15
Investopedia reported, “No company has disrupted the retail industry as much as Amazon.com Inc., which surpassed $100 billion in sales for the first time in 2015. In addition to paying its workers $15 an hour (a wage increase that was implemented by CEO Jeff Bezos in November 2018), Amazon offers a full range of health and retirement benefits, along with equity in the company through a restricted stock units program.”
5. Safeway: Grocery Clerk
- Justin Sullivan/Getty
Safeway Grocery Clerk Average Hourly Pay: $16.34
The Penny Hoarder reported high Safeway salaries, with grocery clerks earning $16.34 per hour. Safeway was founded in 1915 in American Falls, Idaho. Today, the supermarket chain has storefronts in 35 states.
3. Target: Warehouse Worker
Target Warehouse Worker Average Hourly Pay: $19.40
2. Shane Co.: Sales Associate
- YouTube/Shane Co.
Shane Co. Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $20.88
Glassdoor reported that Shane Co. – a jewelry chain still owned and operated by the founding Shane family – pays its sales associates almost $21 an hour on average.
1. Costco: Hourly Employee
- ablokhin / Getty Images
Costco Employee Average Hourly Pay: $23
Finally, averages on Investopedia show that Costco Wholesale pays its employees average hourly rates of $23. Costco raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour in March, joining Target and other high-paying retailers.