Pay for retail jobs?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Pay for retail jobs?
Mon, 09-14-2009 - 9:26pm
I applied for a PT retail job on Wed and was interviewed and offered a position on Friday at a fairly upscale women's clothing store. (Upscale to me is anything more expensive than Kohls!) I think it would be a really fun place to work. However, the hourly salary is lower than I expected. Maybe I am just naive but I was hoping for $9-$10 per hour and was offered $8 (and that is supposedly based on my experience) What do retail jobs normally pay??? Are all those retail workers out there getting paid so close to minimum wage?? Are hourly salaries negotiable?? I do want the job and need the job but in my mind I'm also thinking $8?!? It will take me a whole hour of work just to buy lunch!!!
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 09-14-2009 - 10:29pm

I think it depends on the area...around here 6.50-7.00 to start is pretty common.


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Tue, 09-15-2009 - 12:22am
That seems low to me.

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Tue, 09-15-2009 - 3:10am
Yep. Our state minimum wage is 8.55 hr and most retail jobs start at 9.
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Tue, 09-15-2009 - 8:58am

That seems about right.

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 10:21am

$8 for retail job is above average. Rates to start are at minimum wage or slightly above. I was paid $7.25 per hour when I worked at the book store two years ago and that was with 7 years of retail experience under my belt. The weekends supervisor only made $9 per hour and she'd been there for 6 years.


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Registered: 10-31-2007
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 10:39am
I used to work for Dillards a few years ago and was paid $8/hr which they said was the standard pay market wide for opening retail positions. After 6 months our performance was reviewed and if we did well in sales (the store set the expectations based on previous years totals) then we got a 10% raise and if we didn't meet the sales goals then we got a 10% pay cut. I worked in housewares and I think it was probably the worst job I have ever had!


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Tue, 09-15-2009 - 4:02pm
Them kind of jobs don't pay much.


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Registered: 04-08-2005
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 9:07pm
I live in the suburbs of Minneapolis and work in a retail position in an more upscale neighborhood and when I first took my job I only made 7.50 an hour (others with no retail experience were only given 7). My first raise was only .15 cents ...not even a quarter like someone else quoted. And no one got a raise at all this year because of the economy. I am making more than the 7.65 I did in customer service right now but that is because I am the receiver and therefore have more training, more responsibility etc. I am the only that does it for the entire store. But I still don't make $10 an hour.
I think most retail postions that are being filled right now are being minimum wage simply because there are so many applicants.

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