Occupation Snapshot | Retail salespersons, 2015-2019 | January 2021
Retail salespersons help customers find products they want and may process customers’ payments. They work in stores where they sell goods, such as books, cars, clothing, cosmetics, electronics, furniture, lumber, plants, shoes, and many other types of merchandise.
As of May 2019, there were 4,317,950 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $14.12 and the average annual wage was $29,360.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for this occupation, there were 24,870 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 80.2.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 36 for retail salespersons during 2019, compared to 46 during 2018.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 5, 2021