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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
4,528,550 0.4 % $13.07 $27,180 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.56 $9.33 $10.90 $14.17 $19.91
Annual Wage (2) $17,810 $19,410 $22,680 $29,480 $41,420


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 729,450 70.70 $11.58 $24,090
Department Stores 446,640 32.62 $11.16 $23,220
Other General Merchandise Stores 445,110 23.41 $11.44 $23,800
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 410,890 36.69 $14.14 $29,410
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 320,180 57.06 $11.48 $23,880

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 159,580 73.61 $11.26 $23,410
Clothing Stores 729,450 70.70 $11.58 $24,090
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores 86,730 63.31 $14.09 $29,320
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 320,180 57.06 $11.48 $23,880
Book Stores and News Dealers 50,310 56.87 $10.37 $21,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 160 0.03 $26.55 $55,220
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 50 0.06 $24.11 $50,150
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 180 0.12 $22.82 $47,460
Automobile Dealers 276,780 21.75 $21.97 $45,690
Building Finishing Contractors 1,480 0.19 $21.30 $44,310


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 440,440 27.59 0.86 $14.33 $29,810
Texas 383,080 32.62 1.01 $13.16 $27,360
Florida 339,070 41.24 1.28 $12.39 $25,770
New York 322,970 35.50 1.10 $13.35 $27,770
Illinois 186,820 31.64 0.98 $13.44 $27,950




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 339,070 41.24 1.28 $12.39 $25,770
Delaware 17,750 40.27 1.25 $12.04 $25,040
New Hampshire 25,920 40.19 1.25 $13.22 $27,490
Nevada 49,650 39.07 1.21 $13.13 $27,310
Idaho 25,270 38.09 1.18 $13.51 $28,090




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 6,500 9.25 0.29 $16.94 $35,220
North Dakota 13,610 32.01 0.99 $15.49 $32,230
Rhode Island 13,720 28.87 0.89 $15.41 $32,050
Washington 101,850 33.21 1.03 $15.05 $31,310
Vermont 9,100 29.86 0.93 $14.54 $30,240