Retail Salespersons are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as retail salespersons in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since retail salespersons are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where retail salespersons have it the best. Where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for retail salespersons. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of the best for America’s retail salespersons:
So there you have it — South Dakota is the best of the best when it comes to being a retail salespersons. How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for retail salespersons and for more on the top ten states.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for retail salespersons in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well retail salespersons get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Beaureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living from MIT’s living wage index. Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that while the average salary for Retail Salespersons in California is $57,315 and the average salary in Illinois is $52,304, the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for Retail Salespersons in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for retail salespersons.
Total Jobs: 16,040
Average Annual Salary: $27,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,280
Average Experienced Salary: $45,440
Location Quotient: 1.16
Total Jobs: 23,210
Average Annual Salary: $27,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,640
Average Experienced Salary: $43,410
Location Quotient: 1.08
Total Jobs: 105,910
Average Annual Salary: $29,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,230
Average Experienced Salary: $44,840
Location Quotient: 1.06
Total Jobs: 14,060
Average Annual Salary: $30,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,490
Average Experienced Salary: $50,790
Location Quotient: 0.94
Total Jobs: 15,470
Average Annual Salary: $27,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,720
Average Experienced Salary: $39,210
Location Quotient: 1.03
Total Jobs: 40,990
Average Annual Salary: $25,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,430
Average Experienced Salary: $39,380
Location Quotient: 1.11
Total Jobs: 59,620
Average Annual Salary: $25,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,500
Average Experienced Salary: $42,370
Location Quotient: 0.95
Total Jobs: 63,090
Average Annual Salary: $27,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,650
Average Experienced Salary: $39,090
Location Quotient: 1.09
Total Jobs: 29,430
Average Annual Salary: $27,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,400
Average Experienced Salary: $45,760
Location Quotient: 0.92
Total Jobs: 38,980
Average Annual Salary: $24,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,460
Average Experienced Salary: $38,370
Location Quotient: 0.99
If you’re looking to start out your career as a retail salespersons these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be aretail salespersons in America: