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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
4,442,090 0.4 % $13.20 $27,460 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.61 $9.58 $11.16 $14.21 $19.85
Annual Wage (2) $17,920 $19,930 $23,210 $29,570 $41,300


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)
General Merchandise Stores 838,540 26.04 $11.58 $24,090
Clothing Stores 747,000 70.22 $11.98 $24,920
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 416,700 36.96 $14.06 $29,240
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 302,150 56.26 $11.57 $24,060
Automobile Dealers 275,740 21.39 $21.50 $44,720

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 153,000 71.79 $11.42 $23,750
Clothing Stores 747,000 70.22 $11.98 $24,920
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores 85,610 62.29 $13.75 $28,590
Book Stores and News Dealers 46,650 56.28 $10.89 $22,650
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 302,150 56.26 $11.57 $24,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $44.85 $93,290
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 60 0.06 $25.44 $52,920
Plastics Product Manufacturing 200 0.04 $24.20 $50,330
Building Finishing Contractors 1,700 0.22 $22.12 $46,010
Automobile Dealers 275,740 21.39 $21.50 $44,720


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 444,820 26.64 0.86 $14.56 $30,280
Texas 390,710 32.86 1.05 $12.85 $26,730
Florida 338,810 40.24 1.29 $12.43 $25,860
New York 317,720 34.51 1.11 $13.51 $28,110
Illinois 169,460 28.59 0.92 $13.51 $28,100




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)
Florida 338,810 40.24 1.29 $12.43 $25,860
South Dakota 16,130 38.46 1.23 $13.67 $28,430
New Hampshire 24,940 38.38 1.23 $13.49 $28,060
Nevada 48,650 37.13 1.19 $13.04 $27,130
Delaware 16,130 36.43 1.17 $12.03 $25,010




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 5,950 8.40 0.27 $17.55 $36,510
Washington 100,540 31.55 1.01 $16.00 $33,270
North Dakota 13,020 31.24 1.00 $15.74 $32,730
Rhode Island 14,380 30.21 0.97 $15.57 $32,390
Connecticut 47,280 28.58 0.92 $15.40 $32,030



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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 219,770 32.83 1.05 $13.21 $27,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 112,820 25.46 0.82 $14.40 $29,960
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 100,370 27.40 0.88 $13.66 $28,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 90,710 30.96 0.99 $12.56 $26,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 85,880 32.79 1.05 $12.00 $24,960
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 76,660 30.77 0.99 $12.92 $26,880
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 64,950 32.80 1.05 $12.62 $26,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 59,060 23.44 0.75 $13.45 $27,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 56,190 29.08 0.93 $13.51 $28,100
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 53,450 41.01 1.32 $14.45 $30,050