|Quick Facts: Retail Sales Workers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$21,410 per year
$10.29 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||4,668,300|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||10% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||450,200|
Retail sales workers include both those who sell retail merchandise, such as clothing, furniture, and automobiles, (called retail salespersons) and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts (called parts salespersons). Both types of workers help customers find the products they want and process customers’ payments.
Most retail sales workers work in clean, comfortable, well-lit stores. Many sales workers work evenings and weekends. About 1 in 3 retail salespersons worked part time in 2012.
Typically, retail sales workers do not need formal education. However, some employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent.
The median hourly wage for retail salespersons was $10.15 in May 2012. The median hourly wage for parts salespersons was $14.21 in May 2012.
Employment of retail sales workers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many workers leave this occupation, which means there will be a large number of job openings.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of retail sales workers with similar occupations.
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