16 of the highest-paid retail jobs in the US

Sales associates at REI make an average of $13 per hour, according to Glassdoor findings.

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Sales associates at REI make an average of $13 per hour, according to Glassdoor findings.
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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.

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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.

Keep reading for a look 16 of the highest-paying retail jobs in the US:

16. Crate and Barrel: Sales Associate

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A Crate and Barrel storefront.
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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

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A view of the sign outside the Lowes store in Westminster.
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Thomson Reuters

Lowe’s Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.22

Glassdoor reports show that Lowe’s associates also make around $12. The hardware store has been around since 1946.


14. Nordstrom Rack: Sales Associate

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A Nordstrom store.
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Yelp/Rabia J.

Nordstrom Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.44

Originally founded as a “small Seattle shoe shop,” Nordstrom is a leading department store today. Glassdoor reported that sales associates make an average of $12.44 per hour.


13. Coach: Sales Associate

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A Coach outlet.
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Wikimedia Commons

Coach Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.47

The American luxury brand was founded in 146; Glassdoor findings show sales associates make almost $12.50 an hour.


12. Jared Galleria of Jewelry: Sales Associate

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A Jared Galleria of Jewelry in Oregon.
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M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia Commons

Jared Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.58

As of 2018, Jared employs associates in 274 stores across 41 states. According to Glassdoor, these sales associates earn average hourly wages of over $12.50 an hour.


11. Saks Fifth Avenue: Sales Associate

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Shoppers walk by Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Saks Fifth Avenue Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $12.74

Another high-end department store, Saks Fifth Avenue originated in Manhattan in the early 1900s. Today, Glassdoor found that sales associates earn almost $12.75.


10. REI: Sales Associate

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Outside an REI store.
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REI Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $13

A popular outdoor equipment store, REI – which stands for Recreational Equipment, Inc. – pays its sales associates $13 on average (according to Glassdoor).


9. Bloomingdale’s: Sales Associate

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Bloomingdale’s.
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Bloomingdale’s Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $13.33

Like Saks, Bloomingdale’s is another high-end department store founded in New York City. Glassdoor lists its sales associates as one of the highest earners, averaging over $13 an hour.

The Penny Hoarder reported that sales associates earn around $12.25.


8. Dillard’s: Sales Associate

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A Dillard’s department store inside a shopping mall.
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RoadSidePictures via flickr

Dillard’s Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $13.41

Glassdoor reported the department store’s associates earn $13.41 on average. According to the company’s website, the brand has 291 stores in the US.


7. Trader Joe’s: Crew Member

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Inside a Trader Joe’s grocery store.
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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

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The Container Store.
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The Container Store Sales Associate Average Hourly Pay: $13.91

Glassdoor reported that The Container Store’s sales associates earn average hourly wages of almost $14 an hour. The company originated in Dallas, Texas in 1978.


4. Amazon: Worker

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The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves.
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Reuters

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

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A Safeway storefront.
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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

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A sign for a Target store is seen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois.
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Reuters

Target Warehouse Worker Average Hourly Pay: $19.40

The Penny Hoarder reported that warehouse workers at Target earn averages of $19.40 an hour. Last year, Target opened a store in its 50th state and raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour in March.


2. Shane Co.: Sales Associate

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Shane Co.
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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

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Outside a Costco Wholesale storefront.
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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.