Retail salespersons

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Total Workforce

3.22M

Average Age

38.1

Estimated Job Growth

1.73%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$29,990

Average Male Salary

$39,029

Average Female Salary

$21,254

About

Retail salespersons are most often employed by the Clothing stores industry. The average yearly wage for Retail salespersons was $29,990 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Retail salespersons by wage are Etchers & engravers, Shipping, receiving, & traffic clerks, and Bus drivers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Retail salespersons are Norman, Oklahoma City (South) & Moore Cities PUMA, OK, Osceola County (West) PUMA, FL, and Walton, Washington, Holmes & Bay Counties PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Retail salespersons are Carr 2-Carr 100 PUMA, PR, Pharr, San Juan & Hidalgo Cities PUMA, TX, and Victorville & Adelanto Cities PUMA, CA.

About the photo: Photo courtesy of <a href='https://bellaellaboutique.com' target='_blank'>Bell Ella Boutique</a>, a series of boutique clothing stores.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Retail salespersons and on wages and locations for those in the field. Clothing stores is the industry that employs the most Retail salespersons, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Retail salespersons, by average wage, is Furniture & related product manufacturing. Retail salespersons are paid most in Lebanon & Springboro (East) Cities PUMA, OH but are relatively concentrated in Carr 2-Carr 100 PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$29,990

AVERAGE SALARY

± $568

In 2017, Retail salespersons earned an average of $29,990, $22,075 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Etchers & engravers make somewhat more than Retail salespersons while Bus drivers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Retail salespersons as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.525

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Retail salespersons had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.525, which is higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Retail salespersons (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Retail salespersons.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Retail salespersons.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Retail salespersons, by number of employees, are Clothing stores, Department stores & discount stores, and Car Dealers.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Retail salespersons, by average wage, are Furniture & related product manufacturing, Specialized design services, and Computer Systems Design.

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Industries by Share

3.22M

2017 Workforce

± 43,586

-3.56%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.97%

The number of people employed as Retail salespersons has been declining at a rate of -3.56%, from 3,340,995 people in 2016 to 3,221,990 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Retail salespersons employed by various industries. Clothing stores employs the largest share of Retail salespersons at  12.6%, followed by Department stores & discount stores with 12.6% and Car Dealers with 8.35%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Retail salespersons in the US. The average age of male Retail salespersons in the workforce is 38.5 and of female Retail salespersons is 37.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Retail salespersons is White.

Gender Composition

1.58M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 30,729

1.64M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 31,251

50.9% of Retail salespersons are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Retail salespersons.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Retail salespersons

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

74.1% of Retail salespersons are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.8% of Retail salespersons, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Retail salespersons.

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Age by Gender

38.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.322

37.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.331

The median age of Retail salespersons is 38.1, and Male employees are generally 0.828 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Retail salespersons from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Retail salespersons is Business but a relatively high number of Retail salespersons hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Retail salespersons from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retail salespersons need many skills, but most especially Persuasion, Active Listening, and Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Retail salespersons need more than the average amount of Persuasion, Negotiation, and Service Orientation.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Retail salespersons from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Retail salespersons are expected to see a growth of 1.73% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

1.73%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Retail salespersons. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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