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How to become a Retail Sales Associate

Typically, there are no formal education requirements for retail sales associates. Some employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent, especially employers who sell technical products or "big-ticket" items, such as electronics or cars.

Most retail sales associates receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months. In small stores, an experienced employee often trains newly hired workers. In large stores, training programs are more formal and usually conducted over several days.

Retail sales associates typically have opportunities to advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Some employers want candidates for managerial positions to have a college degree.

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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Typical qualifications for a Retail Sales Associate

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Retail Sales Associate jobs in United States

Retail Sales Associate
Vapor World3.1
Jacksonville, TX
From $14.25 an hour
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28 minutes ago
Retail Sales Associate - Addison
Glo Tanning3.6
Dallas, TX
$13 - $18 an hour
1 day ago
Retail Sales Associate
Emeryville, CA
$19.05 - $26.71 an hour
1 hour ago
Retail Sales Representative
Redfern Inc
$17 - $19 an hour
1 day ago
Store Associate (Full Time) - Suffolk, VA
Suffolk, VA
$15 an hour
1 hour ago
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Career progression for Retail Sales Associate

Education levels for Retail Sales Associates

Based on the requirements of Retail Sales Associate job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED68.3%
Bachelor's degree16.0%
Associate's degree12.8%
Master's degree1.6%
Middle school education1.2%
Doctoral degree0.1%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Retail Sales Associate in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$20,700
4 - 8$23,500
8 - 12$26,000
12 - 16$27,700
16 - 20$28,100
20 - 24$28,700
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