|Quick Facts: Retail Sales Workers|
$29,180 per year
$14.03 per hour
|No formal educational credential|
|See How to Become One|
|-1% (Little or no change)|
Retail sales workers help customers find products they want and process customers’ payments.
Most retail sales workers work in clean, well-lit stores. Many sales workers work evenings and weekends. Some retail salespersons work part time.
Typically, there are no formal education requirements for retail sales workers. Most receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months.
The median hourly wage for parts salespersons was $16.47 in May 2021.
The median hourly wage for retail salespersons was $14.00 in May 2021.
Overall employment of retail sales workers is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030.
Despite limited employment growth, about 557,200 openings for retail sales workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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