Chart of the Day: Cities That Pay The Most To Retail Workers

Posted on December 18, 2012

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These metro areas offer some of the highest salaries to their retail workers.  DaVinci Business Graphics takes a look. 

 

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The holidays may be a time of sales and special offers for shoppers, but for those in America’s retail industry, it means longer hours and little pay.  America’s retail workforce grew to 4.5 million this year, making it one of the country’s largest employers.  But retail workers are among the lowest paid Americans. 

 

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On average, American retail workers make less that $10.90 an hour or $20,990 annually.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in five retail workers are the sole income earner in their families. More than half contribute 50 percent or more to their family’s income and more than one million retail workers and their families live near the poverty level.

 

But fear not: there are cities that pay their retail workers very well.  Below is a chart of the highest-paid retail workers in the US.

 

Retail Wages for Leading Large Metros

Rank Metro

Hourly Wage

Annual Wage

1 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

$14.24

$29,620

2 Nassau-Suffolk, NY

$13.87

$28,840

3 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA

$13.85

$28,800

4 Newark-Union, NJ-PA

$13.77

$28,640

5 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA

$13.43

$27,940

6 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA

$13.42

$27,900

7 New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ

$13.33

$27,720

8 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

$13.31

$27,690

9 Edison-New Brunswick, NJ

$13.12

$27,290

10 Philadelphia, PA

$13.10

$27,250

11 St. Louis, MO-IL

$12.99

$27,020

12 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

$12.97

$26,980

13 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL

$12.95

$26,940

14 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

$12.94

$26,920

15 Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX

$12.80

$26,630

16 Camden, NJ

$12.79

$26,610

17 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

$12.76

$26,540

18 Pittsburgh, PA

$12.70

$26,410

19 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

$12.69

$26,390

20 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI

$12.65

$26,320

 

Economists believe that increasing retail workers’ wages is one way of boosting the economy.  Investing more in the lowest paid retail workers also benefits the companies that employ them.  Retail companies that invested the most in their lowest paid workers had the lowest prices in their industries, solid financial performances, and better customer service than their competitors.

 

Do you need a chart to measure employee salaries?  How about a chart for measuring sales or competitor market share?  Companies in virtually every industry use charts to help illustrate ideas, strengthen arguments, and organize their businesses.

 

Contact DaVinci Business Graphics to help you create the chart that’s just right for your business.  We offer thermometer goal charts, business calendars, progress monitors, and more.  Create a custom chart with the content, labels, and color schemes that you need.  We can even include custom graphics and images to match your corporate identity.

 

Contact DaVinci Business Graphics today.  We create charts for your business presentations, publications, office, and more

 

 

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