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

Posted on December 18, 2012


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



2 Nassau-Suffolk, NY



3 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA



4 Newark-Union, NJ-PA



5 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA



6 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA



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



8 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO



9 Edison-New Brunswick, NJ



10 Philadelphia, PA



11 St. Louis, MO-IL



12 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA



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



14 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI



15 Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX



16 Camden, NJ



17 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA



18 Pittsburgh, PA



19 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI



20 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI




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.


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