Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
4,485,180 0.3 % $12.20 $25,370 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.09 $8.78 $10.16 $13.37 $18.66
Annual Wage (2) $16,830 $18,260 $21,140 $27,800 $38,820


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 795,640 71.63 $10.53 $21,890
Department Stores 524,580 37.60 $10.55 $21,950
Other General Merchandise Stores 424,040 23.97 $10.52 $21,890
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 405,370 38.81 $13.69 $28,480
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 307,310 59.15 $10.65 $22,150

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 143,950 72.50 $10.47 $21,780
Clothing Stores 795,640 71.63 $10.53 $21,890
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores 89,760 64.10 $12.91 $26,850
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 307,310 59.15 $10.65 $22,150
Home Furnishings Stores 121,540 51.85 $13.21 $27,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 50 (7) $33.09 $68,830
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities (8) (8) $22.55 $46,900
Ship and Boat Building 40 0.03 $21.50 $44,710
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 760 0.08 $21.36 $44,440
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing 1,370 0.77 $21.22 $44,150


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 464,410 31.56 0.93 $12.86 $26,740
Texas 382,000 35.00 1.03 $12.06 $25,090
Florida 321,040 43.07 1.27 $11.64 $24,200
New York 293,260 33.96 1.00 $12.67 $26,360
Pennsylvania 197,740 35.21 1.04 $12.47 $25,950




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)
Florida 321,040 43.07 1.27 $11.64 $24,200
New Hampshire 26,600 42.88 1.27 $12.23 $25,440
Hawaii 24,370 40.47 1.20 $12.31 $25,610
Nevada 46,520 40.38 1.19 $13.00 $27,040
Delaware 16,080 39.02 1.15 $12.11 $25,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 99,570 35.22 1.04 $13.90 $28,920
North Dakota 13,050 30.86 0.91 $13.56 $28,210
Alaska 10,600 32.84 0.97 $13.02 $27,080
Vermont 8,940 29.98 0.89 $13.00 $27,040
Nevada 46,520 40.38 1.19 $13.00 $27,040





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 171,840 32.78 0.97 $12.84 $26,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 119,180 29.98 0.89 $12.39 $25,760
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 118,760 32.09 0.95 $12.33 $25,640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 91,240 33.09 0.98 $12.40 $25,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 82,150 35.59 1.05 $11.95 $24,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 74,590 34.70 1.03 $12.58 $26,160
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 65,890 36.99 1.09 $11.61 $24,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 65,870 27.83 0.82 $12.12 $25,210
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 63,270 34.39 1.02 $13.07 $27,190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 58,120 32.44 0.96 $11.44 $23,800