Retail Salespersons


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-0.2% (little or no change)


What Retail Salespersons Do

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

Other Job Titles Retail Salespersons May Have

Sales Associate, Sales Clerk, Sales Consultant, Sales Person

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Shop Owner on Depop

Some days I will go out to multiple thrift stores to try and find new pieces to upload on my shop. Then whether the piece is something I just bought or it is from my own closet, I will inspect it thoroughly to make sure it does not have any flaws. After that, I take photos for the listings, and I answer questions I receive on them. Then, when I sell something, I pack it up and ship it out as soon as I can.

Men's Haberdasher and Lifestyle Editor Magazine ,


Well I wear a couple of different hats... With my own company FINICKEY, it's everything from coming up with design concepts

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Greet customers and ascertain what each customer wants or needs.
  • Recommend, select, and help locate or obtain merchandise based on customer needs and desires.
  • Compute sales prices, total purchases, and receive and process cash or credit payment.
  • Prepare merchandise for purchase or rental.
  • Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise.

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