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Nonstore Retailers: NAICS 454

About the Nonstore Retailers subsector

The nonstore retailers subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Nonstore Retailers subsector retail merchandise using methods, such as the broadcasting of infomercials, the broadcasting and publishing of direct-response advertising, the publishing of paper and electronic catalogs, door-to-door solicitation, in-home demonstration, selling from portable stalls and distribution through vending machines. Establishments in this subsector include mail-order houses, vending machine operators, home delivery sales, door-to-door sales, party plan sales, electronic shopping, and sales through portable stalls (e.g., street vendors, except food). Establishments engaged in the direct sale (i.e., nonstore) of products, such as home heating oil dealers and newspaper delivery service providers are included in this subsector.

North American Industry Classification System

The nonstore retailers subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses: NAICS 4541
  • Vending Machine Operators: NAICS 4542
  • Direct Selling Establishments: NAICS 4543

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in nonstore retailers. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

506.7 521.4 (p)533.7 (p)542.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

413.9 426.8 (p)438.9  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Customer service representatives

74,360

Driver/sales workers

20,590

Order clerks

23,120

Retail salespersons

23,890

Stock clerks and order fillers

17,980

Telemarketers

2,860

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

18,140

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for nonstore retailers.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in nonstore retailers.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$26.54 $26.03 $25.29 (p)$25.60

Average weekly hours

35.3 34.9 35.5 (p)35.1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$21.99 $21.77 $21.53 (p)$21.81

Average weekly hours

35.8 34.9 36.6 (p)35.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Customer service representatives

16.03 16.65 33,330 34,630

Driver/sales workers

17.28 17.79 35,940 37,010

Order clerks

15.28 16.89 31,780 35,140

Retail salespersons

13.39 16.22 27,850 33,740

Stock clerks and order fillers

13.49 14.18 28,070 29,490

Telemarketers

13.09 14.07 27,220 29,260

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

21.85 22.31 45,460 46,410

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in nonstore retailers. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

12 15 21 14

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2018

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.4

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.7

Cases involving days away from work

0.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.9

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

Data series Back
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Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020

Producer price index

(p)181.6 (p)184.5 (p)175.0 (p)174.9

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-1.3% (p)1.6% (p)-5.1% (p)-0.1%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in nonstore retailers. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)54,053 (p)54,802 (p)55,797 (p)56,880

Local government

(p)4 (p)4 (p)4 (p)4

State government

       

Federal government

(p)14 (p)14 (p)14 (p)14

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2016 2017 2018 2019

Labor productivity index, output per hour

157.945 171.932 195.251 222.527

Percent change from previous year

6.5 8.9 13.6 14.0

Labor index, total labor hours

117.359 120.921 118.494 120.214

Percent change from previous year

4.5 3.0 -2.0 1.5

Output index

185.363 207.902 231.360 267.508

Percent change from previous year

11.3 12.2 11.3 15.6

Unit labor costs index

87.188 87.082 87.219 80.956

Percent change from previous year

0.4 -0.1 0.2 -7.2

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: August 14, 2020