Bureau of Labor Statistics

Wages of retail salespersons, by state

December 05, 2014

In May 2013, almost 4.5 million people in the United States were employed as retail salespersons. Nationally, retail salespersons earned an annual mean wage of $25,370. The annual median wage for retail salespersons was $21,140. Among the states, retail salespersons in Washington had the highest annual mean wage of $28,920. Alaska had the highest annual median wage for retail salespersons, at $24,030.

Annual mean wages of retail salespersons, May 2013


$26,540 and higher
 
$25,610 to $26,539
 
$24,830 to $25,609
 
$24,320 to $24,829
 
$24,319 and lower
 
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Annual mean wages of retail salespersons, May 2013
State Annual mean wage(1) Annual 10th percentile wage Annual median wage Annual 90th percentile wage

Alabama

24,420 16,360 20,050 37,910

Alaska

27,080 18,380 24,030 39,380

Arizona

24,010 16,980 20,340 35,390

Arkansas

23,910 16,240 19,420 36,810

California

26,740 17,840 22,230 40,050

Colorado

27,040 17,220 22,450 42,590

Connecticut

26,750 18,180 22,250 42,310

Delaware

25,200 16,480 21,090 38,750

District of Columbia

26,530 18,250 22,620 38,790

Florida

24,200 16,960 20,430 36,240

Georgia

24,170 16,350 19,930 37,660

Hawaii

25,610 16,900 22,710 37,440

Idaho

24,630 16,490 21,010 38,840

Illinois

25,450 18,110 20,930 38,040

Indiana

24,110 16,330 19,760 37,990

Iowa

25,720 16,420 20,610 41,290

Kansas

24,500 16,380 19,970 37,910

Kentucky

23,600 16,320 19,570 36,240

Louisiana

24,410 16,510 21,050 37,800

Maine

24,410 16,890 21,140 37,030

Maryland

25,210 16,410 20,490 40,640

Massachusetts

25,820 17,850 22,000 38,620

Michigan

24,740 16,690 20,770 37,810

Minnesota

23,730 16,360 20,270 36,230

Mississippi

23,860 16,290 19,750 36,440

Missouri

24,900 16,320 19,830 39,440

Montana

26,660 17,100 21,820 41,830

Nebraska

24,980 16,350 20,030 39,820

Nevada

27,040 17,020 22,980 40,800

New Hampshire

25,440 16,570 21,810 39,080

New Jersey

26,770 16,680 22,350 43,020

New Mexico

24,320 16,910 21,000 36,650

New York

26,360 16,520 21,840 42,490

North Carolina

24,430 16,400 20,330 37,550

North Dakota

28,210 16,710 22,570 46,850

Ohio

24,830 17,030 20,160 37,930

Oklahoma

25,990 16,410 20,580 41,960

Oregon

26,360 19,000 22,890 37,780

Pennsylvania

25,950 16,570 21,900 41,340

Rhode Island

26,540 17,230 22,510 41,580

South Carolina

23,910 16,370 20,030 37,580

South Dakota

25,410 16,540 21,630 40,500

Tennessee

25,030 16,440 20,620 38,950

Texas

25,090 16,380 20,140 38,110

Utah

25,810 16,520 21,490 41,410

Vermont

27,040 18,590 23,660 39,610

Virginia

24,610 16,400 20,470 37,520

Washington

28,920 19,360 23,620 44,280

West Virginia

22,920 16,270 19,450 33,790

Wisconsin

24,420 16,360 20,340 37,890

Wyoming

26,480 16,830 22,660 40,990
Footnotes:

(1) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by 2,080 hours; where an hourly mean wage is not published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

On average, retail salespersons in West Virginia earned the least in May 2013, at $22,920. The median wage for retail salespersons in West Virginia was $19,450.

These data come from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. For maps exploring employment and wage data for more than 800 occupations, see the OES interactive map changer tool. A percentile wage divides the workers in an occupation into two groups: those earning less, and those earning more. For example, a 10th percentile wage indicates that 10 percent of workers earn less than the stated amount, and 90 percent earn more.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Wages of retail salespersons, by state at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141205.htm (visited June 14, 2021).

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