Department stores

Industry Group

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Workforce
643k
2020 ACS Estimate
Average Employee Age
39.1
Average Salary
$28,004
Average Male Salary
$33,215
Average Female Salary
$32,037

About

The top three occupations in the Department stores Industry Group are Retail salespersons, Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers, Cashiers, Stockers and order fillers, and Customer service representatives. On average, full-time employees in the Department stores Industry Group work 41 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $39,523. Part-time employees in the same industry work 23.1 hours and earn an average annual salary of $12,595.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Department stores Industry Group are Benton County PUMA, AR, Waukesha County (Central) PUMA, WI, and Pflugerville, Manor Cities & Wells Branch PUMA, TX. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Department stores.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Department stores Industry Group. Retail salespersons are the most common position, but the Department stores Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Merchandise displayers and window trimmers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Department stores goes to Chief executives & legislators.

Monthly Employment

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9.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 27.4M people employed in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry. This represents a 9.62% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

643k
Workforce (ACS Estimate)
± 19.6k
−10.3%
1 Year Growth
± 4.69%

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Department stores Industry Group has been declining at a rate of −10.3%, , from 717k people in 2019 to 643k people in 2020.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Department stores by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Retail salespersons represent the largest share of positions held in Department stores at 24.8%, followed by Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers with 15% and Cashiers with 14.9%.

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Most Common

The most common occupations in the Department stores Industry Group, by number of employees, are Retail salespersons, Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers, Cashiers, Stockers and order fillers, and Customer service representatives.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Groups, Department stores employs an unusually high number of Merchandise displayers and window trimmers, Retail salespersons, and Stockers and order fillers.

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Wages

Average Salary

$28,004
AVERAGE WAGE
± $1,092

On average, employees in the Department stores Industry Group make $28,004 per year. This number makes Department stores the 251 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Department stores Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.47
WAGE GINI

Department stores has a wage GINI of 0.47, which is less than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Department stores (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Department stores Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Department stores Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Department stores Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Department stores Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $33,215 and $32,037. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Composition by Sex

442k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±16.3k
201k
MALE WORKFORCE
±11k

68.7% of workers in the Department stores Industry Group are Female, making them the more common sex in the workforce. This chart shows the sex breakdown of the Department stores Industry Group.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

$33,215
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$2,410
$32,037
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$2,195

On average, Male workers in the Department stores Industry Group make 1.04 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Department stores Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. White
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

On average, Asian employees in the Department stores Industry Group earn 1.24 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Department stores Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Department stores Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Department stores Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Department stores Industry Group is Construction.

In this flow diagram, all of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Department stores is from Retail Trade.

The Department stores Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

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LARGEST PURCHASING INDUSTRY

The Construction Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Department stores Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Department stores Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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