Sales Associate

As long as there have been products to sell there have been Sales Associates helping to sell them.

Overview

Sales Associates help companies successfully connect with consumers to sell products and services. This can mean everything from retail sales to online sales to the selling of time-shares. The best sales associates are people that can gain a deep understanding of a product or set of products, develop an innate sense for a potential customer's needs and quickly create a strong rapport with a customer to help them through the buying process.

The education and skills needed to become a successful sales associate will vary greatly based upon industry. Many retail sales associate positions do not require a college education while most corporate sales associate positions are staffed by people with at least some level of college education.

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Pros
  • employee discount
  • flexible hours
  • part time
Cons
  • minimum wage
  • low pay
  • part time
  • Median Salary
  • Number of Jobs
  • Unemployment Rate

Demographics

Salary Range

Below is the expected Sales Associate salary range in your area as well as the salary range in top paying cities.

Median Salary
Salary Range
National
$38,063
$18k $76k
Washington DC
$40,194
$25k $62k
New York City, NY
$50,000
$24k $105k
San Francisco, CA
$41,500
$30k $66k
Boston, MA
$40,000
$19k $74k

Top Paying Companies

Sales Associate salaries can vary widely across companies. Here are some of the top paying companies you should consider.

1. Goldman Sachs

Salary
$125,150
Headquarters
New York, NY
Size
32,600+ Employees
Type
Company - Public
Industry
Finance
Revenue
$41B+ (USD) per year

2. Credit Suisse

Salary
$71,417
Headquarters
Zurich, SZ
Size
10,000+ Employees
Type
Company - Public
Industry
Finance
Revenue
$10B+ (USD) per year

3. Merrill Lynch

Salary
$67,450
Headquarters
Charlotte, NC
Size
56,200+ Employees
Type
Company - Private
Industry
Finance
Revenue
$20B+ (USD) per year

4. Morgan Stanley

Salary
$67,167
Headquarters
New York, NY
Size
57,000+ Employees
Type
Company - Public
Industry
Finance
Revenue
$36B+ (USD) per year

5. Thomson Reuters

Salary
$59,107
Headquarters
New York, NY
Size
60,000+ Employees
Type
Company - Public
Industry
Information Technology
Revenue
$13B+ (USD) per year

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