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Nonstore Retailers: NAICS 454

About the Nonstore Retailers subsector

The nonstore retailers subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Nonstore Retailers subsector retail merchandise using methods, such as the broadcasting of infomercials, the broadcasting and publishing of direct-response advertising, the publishing of paper and electronic catalogs, door-to-door solicitation, in-home demonstration, selling from portable stalls and distribution through vending machines. Establishments in this subsector include mail-order houses, vending machine operators, home delivery sales, door-to-door sales, party plan sales, electronic shopping, and sales through portable stalls (e.g., street vendors, except food). Establishments engaged in the direct sale (i.e., nonstore) of products, such as home heating oil dealers and newspaper delivery service providers are included in this subsector.

North American Industry Classification System

The nonstore retailers subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses: NAICS 4541
  • Vending Machine Operators: NAICS 4542
  • Direct Selling Establishments: NAICS 4543

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in nonstore retailers. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

605.0 607.3 (p)611.5 (p)613.5

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

488.9 486.5 (p)491.3  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Customer service representatives

68,660

Driver/sales workers

19,170

Order clerks

15,740

Retail salespersons

24,020

Stock clerks and order fillers

19,890

Telemarketers

2,590

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

17,720

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for nonstore retailers.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in nonstore retailers.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
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Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021

Average hourly earnings

$27.26 $26.90 $26.90 (p)$26.70

Average weekly hours

36.0 35.8 35.8 (p)36.1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021

Average hourly earnings

$23.05 $23.08 $23.31 (p)$23.19

Average weekly hours

36.5 35.6 35.1 (p)35.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Customer service representatives

16.37 17.20 34,040 35,780

Driver/sales workers

17.78 18.26 36,990 37,980

Order clerks

15.00 16.14 31,200 33,570

Retail salespersons

14.38 17.65 29,910 36,710

Stock clerks and order fillers

14.01 14.50 29,140 30,160

Telemarketers

13.56 14.17 28,200 29,460

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

22.66 23.13 47,130 48,120

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in nonstore retailers. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

15 21 14 14

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2019

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.2

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.3

Cases involving days away from work

0.7

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

Data series Back
data
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Producer price index

(p)185.5 (p)187.7 (p)186.6 (p)191.5

Percent change from previous month

  (p)3.6% (p)1.2% (p)-0.6% (p)2.6%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in nonstore retailers. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)56,782 (p)57,577 (p)59,562 (p)61,582

Local government

(p)4 (p)4 (p)4 (p)4

State government

       

Federal government

(p)14 (p)14 (p)14 (p)14

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

Data series Back
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2017 2018 2019 2020

Labor productivity index, output per hour

165.054 187.553 206.147 246.552

Percent change from previous year

8.1 13.6 9.9 19.6

Labor index, total labor hours

120.951 118.527 122.500 125.608

Percent change from previous year

3.0 -2.0 3.4 2.5

Output index

199.635 222.301 252.530 309.690

Percent change from previous year

11.4 11.4 13.6 22.6

Unit labor costs index

90.589 90.672 85.321 75.678

Percent change from previous year

0.5 0.1 -5.9 -11.3

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 30, 2021