Retail salespersons

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2019 Workforce
3.15M
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Average Age
38.2
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Average Salary
$32,008
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Average Male Salary
$41,348
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Average Female Salary
$22,951
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Retail salespersons are most often employed by the Clothing stores industry. The average yearly wage for Retail salespersons was $32,008 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Retail salespersons by wage are Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Refuse & recyclable material collectors, and Pharmacy technicians.

About the photo: Photo courtesy of <a href='https://bellaellaboutique.com' target='_blank'>Bell Ella Boutique</a>, a series of boutique clothing stores.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Retail salespersons and on wages and locations for those in the field. Clothing stores is the industry that employs the most Retail salespersons, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Retail salespersons, by average wage, is Performing arts companies. Retail salespersons are paid most in Lebanon & Springboro (East) Cities PUMA, OH but are relatively concentrated in St. Lucie County (North) PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$32,008
AVERAGE SALARY
± $629

In 2019, Retail salespersons earned an average of $32,008, $23,516 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers make somewhat more than Retail salespersons while Refuse & recyclable material collectors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Retail salespersons as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.525
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Retail salespersons had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.525, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Retail salespersons (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Retail salespersons.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Retail salespersons.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Retail salespersons, by number of employees, are Clothing stores, General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters, and Car Dealers.

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Industries by Share

3.15M
2019 Workforce
± 43,139
-1.67%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.96%

The number of people employed as Retail salespersons has been declining at a rate of -1.67%, from 3,206,467 people in 2018 to 3,152,844 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Retail salespersons employed by various industries. Clothing stores employs the largest share of Retail salespersons at  12.8%, followed by General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters with 9.03% and Car Dealers with 8.65%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Retail salespersons in the US. The average age of male Retail salespersons in the workforce is 38.8 and of female Retail salespersons is 37.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Retail salespersons is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

1.55M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 30,431
1.6M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 30,898

50.8% of Retail salespersons are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Retail salespersons.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Retail salespersons
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

60.4% of Retail salespersons are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.7% of Retail salespersons, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Retail salespersons.

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Age by Gender

38.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.328
37.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.337

The median age of Retail salespersons is 38.2, and Male employees are generally 1.17 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Retail salespersons from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Retail salespersons is Business but a relatively high number of Retail salespersons hold a major in Communication Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Retail salespersons from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retail salespersons need many skills, but most especially Persuasion, Service Orientation, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Retail salespersons need more than the average amount of Persuasion, Negotiation, and Service Orientation.

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