Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

41-2031 Retail Salespersons

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel in a retail establishment. Exclude "Cashiers" (41-2011).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
4,209,500 0.4 % $11.84 $24,630 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.41 $8.28 $9.74 $13.11 $18.49
Annual Wage (2) $15,420 $17,220 $20,260 $27,270 $38,460


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Clothing Stores 699,510 $10.20 $21,210
Department Stores 475,640 $10.10 $21,000
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 409,190 $12.94 $26,920
Other General Merchandise Stores 363,210 $9.46 $19,680
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 263,230 $10.17 $21,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 1,200 $20.66 $42,970
Automobile Dealers 240,210 $20.66 $42,970
Insurance Carriers 170 $20.64 $42,930
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 1,560 $20.29 $42,200
Support Activities for Air Transportation 40 $20.17 $41,940


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Hawaii 24,100 $12.46 $25,930 40.992
Montana 16,920 $11.87 $24,690 39.144
Delaware 15,970 $11.76 $24,460 38.711
South Dakota 14,550 $10.78 $22,430 37.029
Oregon 59,640 $12.30 $25,590 36.715

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Florida 253,100 $12.93 $26,900 34.407
Vermont 9,320 $12.88 $26,800 31.703
New York 259,720 $12.86 $26,750 30.602
Connecticut 52,280 $12.84 $26,710 31.707
Washington 85,540 $12.82 $26,660 30.663


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 7,280 $10.24 $21,300 65.736
Barnstable Town, MA 5,910 $12.03 $25,030 62.292
Rapid City, SD 3,490 $10.54 $21,930 58.275
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 3,450 $11.49 $23,910 58.082
El Centro, CA 2,890 $10.03 $20,870 56.997

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 17,830 $15.08 $31,370 34.929
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 29,850 $14.39 $29,930 30.369
Danbury, CT 3,440 $14.35 $29,840 50.220
Naples-Marco Island, FL 4,490 $14.26 $29,660 39.221
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 2,070 $14.21 $29,550 17.875


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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