Wages of salespersons in 1998

July 20, 2000

Five industries employed over three-quarters of all retail salespersons in 1998. Of these five industries, automobile dealers and service stations paid salespersons the most while apparel and accessory stores paid the least.

Mean hourly wage in the most common industries for retail salespersons, 1998
[Chart data—TXT]

Salespersons in the automobile dealers and service stations industry received $15.75 per hour in 1998. In comparison, salespersons in the apparel and accessory stores industry averaged $7.43 per hour.

The other three most common industries for retail salespersons in 1998 were furniture and home furnishing stores, general merchandise stores, and miscellaneous retail establishments. The mean hourly wage in furniture and home furnishing stores was $10.25 in 1998. In general merchandise stores, the average wage was $7.88 and miscellaneous retail establishments were close behind at $7.76.

These data are a product of the Occupational Employment Statistics program. General merchandise stores include department stores, variety stores, and warehouse clubs. Miscellaneous retail establishments include establishments such as drug stores, book stores, and jewelry stores. Find out more in Occupational Employment and Wages, 1998, BLS Bulletin 2528.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Wages of salespersons in 1998 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/jul/wk3/art04.htm (visited September 26, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.