Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
4,612,510 0.3 % $12.67 $26,340 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.35 $9.06 $10.47 $13.77 $19.33
Annual Wage (2) $17,360 $18,840 $21,780 $28,640 $40,200


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 747,810 71.32 $11.18 $23,250
Department Stores 538,780 38.68 $10.63 $22,110
Other General Merchandise Stores 435,610 23.72 $10.97 $22,820
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 410,090 37.47 $13.80 $28,710
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 324,370 57.70 $11.18 $23,260

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 155,340 73.51 $11.05 $22,980
Clothing Stores 747,810 71.32 $11.18 $23,250
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores 88,040 63.34 $13.70 $28,490
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 324,370 57.70 $11.18 $23,260
Book Stores and News Dealers 48,830 54.91 $10.18 $21,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 90 0.02 $21.99 $45,730
Ship and Boat Building 70 0.05 $21.82 $45,380
Automobile Dealers 269,290 22.02 $21.77 $45,280
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing 1,610 0.82 $21.40 $44,520
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5,460 1.67 $19.12 $39,780


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 452,990 29.23 0.87 $13.67 $28,430
Texas 390,580 33.75 1.01 $12.84 $26,710
Florida 337,140 42.54 1.27 $12.09 $25,140
New York 324,680 36.14 1.08 $13.05 $27,150
Pennsylvania 189,360 33.17 0.99 $12.67 $26,350



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)
New Hampshire 27,720 43.62 1.30 $12.65 $26,310
Florida 337,140 42.54 1.27 $12.09 $25,140
Nevada 50,990 41.36 1.24 $12.25 $25,480
Delaware 17,550 40.44 1.21 $12.20 $25,370
Hawaii 24,770 39.96 1.19 $12.91 $26,860



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 6,460 9.55 0.29 $15.41 $32,050
Rhode Island 14,350 30.45 0.91 $14.92 $31,020
North Dakota 14,060 31.40 0.94 $14.78 $30,740
Washington 105,910 35.49 1.06 $14.41 $29,980
Vermont 9,330 30.75 0.92 $13.86 $28,830




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 230,910 35.64 1.07 $12.99 $27,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 115,750 28.21 0.84 $13.66 $28,410
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 114,820 32.15 0.96 $13.08 $27,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 91,390 31.19 0.93 $12.62 $26,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 84,680 34.14 1.02 $11.85 $24,640
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 76,220 32.71 0.98 $13.72 $28,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 67,090 27.75 0.83 $12.25 $25,490
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 66,310 35.35 1.06 $12.07 $25,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 60,090 31.95 0.96 $12.38 $25,760
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 55,010 43.11 1.29 $14.08 $29,280