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Working as a Store Associate

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a store associate. For example, did you know that they make an average of $12.73 an hour? That's $26,477 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -2% and produce -105,200 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Store Associate Do

There are certain skills that many store associates have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed dexterity, math skills and physical stamina.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a store associate, we found that a lot of resumes listed 14.2% of store associates included company policies, while 12.2% of resumes included sales floor, and 10.2% of resumes included inventory management. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the store associate job title. But what industry to start with? Most store associates actually find jobs in the retail and health care industries.

How To Become a Store Associate

If you're interested in becoming a store associate, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 29.9% of store associates have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 2.0% of store associates have master's degrees. Even though some store associates have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a store associate. When we researched the most common majors for a store associate, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on store associate resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a store associate. In fact, many store associate jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many store associates also have previous career experience in roles such as sales associate or customer service representative.

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Average Salary$26,477
Job Growth Rate-2%

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Store Associate Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming a Store Associate. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

Learn How To Write a Store Associate Resume

At Zippia, we went through countless Store Associate resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Store Associate Career Paths

Top Careers Before Store Associate

Cashier
20.8%

Top Careers After Store Associate

Cashier
14.6%

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Average Salary for a Store Associate

Store Associates in America make an average salary of $26,477 per year or $13 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $37,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $18,000 per year.
Average Salary
$26,477

Best Paying Cities

Average Salary
Salary Range24k - 43k$32k$32,328
Salary Range23k - 37k$30k$30,064
Salary Range21k - 33k$27k$26,915
Salary Range21k - 34k$27k$26,833
Salary Range21k - 33k$27k$26,706
Salary Range21k - 33k$26k$26,487
$18k
$43k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Store Associate (NEW Store)
Store Associate (NEW Store)
Aldi
Aldi
10/30/2020
10/30/2020
$29,42710/30/2020
$29,427
Store Associate
Store Associate
Aldi
Aldi
10/30/2020
10/30/2020
$29,00910/30/2020
$29,009
Store Associate
Store Associate
Aldi
Aldi
10/29/2020
10/29/2020
$27,34010/29/2020
$27,340
Store Associate
Store Associate
Aldi
Aldi
10/29/2020
10/29/2020
$27,34010/29/2020
$27,340
Store Associate
Store Associate
Lidl
Lidl
10/28/2020
10/28/2020
$27,13110/28/2020
$27,131
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Store Associate Demographics

Gender

female

49.9%

male

45.6%

unknown

4.5%

Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

19.0%

Black or African American

11.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.5%

French

7.8%

German

4.7%
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Store Associate Education

Majors

Degrees

High School Diploma

35.9%

Bachelors

29.9%

Associate

19.0%

Entry Level Jobs For Becoming A Store Associate

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Top Skills For a Store Associate

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 14.2% of store associates listed company policies on their resume, but soft skills such as dexterity and math skills are important as well.

  • Company Policies, 14.2%
  • Sales Floor, 12.2%
  • Inventory Management, 10.2%
  • Retail Sales, 10.2%
  • Credit Card Transactions, 9.9%
  • Other Skills, 43.3%
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Best States For a Store Associate

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a store associate. The best states for people in this position are Alaska, Maine, California, and Oregon. Store associates make the most in Alaska with an average salary of $32,236. Whereas in Maine and California, they would average $31,417 and $30,973, respectively. While store associates would only make an average of $30,639 in Oregon, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Maine

Total Store Associate Jobs:
546
Highest 10% Earn:
$52,000
Location Quotient:
1.28
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Mississippi

Total Store Associate Jobs:
824
Highest 10% Earn:
$39,000
Location Quotient:
1.42
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Idaho

Total Store Associate Jobs:
455
Highest 10% Earn:
$47,000
Location Quotient:
1.08
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Store Associate Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming a store associate. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

At Zippia, we went through countless store associate resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Learn How To Write a Store Associate Resume

At Zippia, we went through countless store associate resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

View Detailed Information

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Top Store Associate Employers

1. Walmart
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$33,061
Store Associates Hired: 
1,607+
2. Big Lots
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$34,328
Store Associates Hired: 
1,105+
3. Aldi
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$32,475
Store Associates Hired: 
1,074+
4. The Home Depot
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$34,371
Store Associates Hired: 
563+
5. Dollar General
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$34,857
Store Associates Hired: 
543+
6. Kohl's
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$33,997
Store Associates Hired: 
543+

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Updated October 2, 2020