Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

41-2031 Retail Salespersons

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers. Excludes "Cashiers" (41-2011).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
4,562,160 0.3 % $12.38 $25,760 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.19 $8.85 $10.29 $13.54 $18.89
Annual Wage (2) $17,030 $18,400 $21,390 $28,170 $39,300


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Clothing Stores 774,460 71.53 $10.80 $22,470
Department Stores 536,860 38.30 $10.49 $21,820
Other General Merchandise Stores 420,380 23.54 $10.65 $22,150
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 419,880 38.63 $13.87 $28,860
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 319,040 58.90 $10.86 $22,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Shoe Stores 146,910 72.51 $10.66 $22,160
Clothing Stores 774,460 71.53 $10.80 $22,470
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores 89,970 64.23 $13.48 $28,050
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 319,040 58.90 $10.86 $22,600
Book Stores and News Dealers 48,520 54.69 $10.06 $20,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $28.76 $59,810
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $27.84 $57,910
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 680 0.14 $23.30 $48,470
Ship and Boat Building 50 0.04 $22.94 $47,720
Automobile Dealers 253,850 21.72 $21.39 $44,480


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 460,360 30.45 0.90 $12.98 $27,010
Texas 381,400 33.97 1.01 $12.48 $25,950
Florida 331,060 43.19 1.28 $11.88 $24,710
New York 310,540 35.24 1.04 $12.75 $26,510
Pennsylvania 194,890 34.47 1.02 $12.54 $26,070



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 27,130 43.27 1.28 $12.35 $25,690
Florida 331,060 43.19 1.28 $11.88 $24,710
Delaware 17,990 42.39 1.26 $12.50 $26,000
Hawaii 25,470 41.57 1.23 $12.39 $25,770
Nevada 49,120 41.29 1.22 $12.88 $26,790



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 14,030 31.85 0.94 $14.05 $29,220
Washington 102,910 35.51 1.05 $13.96 $29,040
Vermont 8,510 28.28 0.84 $13.48 $28,030
District of Columbia 6,580 9.76 0.29 $13.34 $27,750
Colorado 80,330 33.93 1.00 $13.28 $27,620




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 183,670 34.07 1.01 $12.88 $26,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 126,350 33.67 1.00 $12.51 $26,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 115,910 28.57 0.85 $12.89 $26,810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 88,320 31.06 0.92 $12.65 $26,320
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 82,800 34.67 1.03 $12.20 $25,380
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 76,730 34.28 1.02 $12.97 $26,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 67,090 36.74 1.09 $11.97 $24,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 66,930 28.14 0.83 $12.20 $25,380
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 63,020 33.85 1.00 $13.03 $27,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 57,670 31.61 0.94 $11.58 $24,100