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Occupational Employment Statistics


41-2031 Retail Salespersons

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers. Excludes "Cashiers" (41-2011).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 8,070194$17.55/hr$11.93/hr$12.65/hr$15.27/hr$18.74/hr$24.46/hr
Northeast Minnesota 4,190137$16.07/hr$11.62/hr$12.00/hr$14.73/hr$17.59/hr$22.93/hr
Northwest Minnesota 6,070148$16.68/hr$11.63/hr$12.21/hr$14.93/hr$18.12/hr$23.63/hr
Southeast Minnesota 5,410157$16.92/hr$11.73/hr$12.49/hr$15.08/hr$18.47/hr$23.91/hr
Southwest Minnesota 4,090124$16.79/hr$11.67/hr$12.18/hr$14.97/hr$18.43/hr$24.13/hr
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 43,360507$17.60/hr$12.28/hr$14.27/hr$15.32/hr$18.75/hr$24.32/hr
Minnesota 71,8301,437$17.32/hr$12.04/hr$13.76/hr$15.24/hr$18.74/hr$24.28/hr
U S 3,693,49011,080$16.59/hr$11.35/hr$12.21/hr$15.13/hr$18.24/hr$23.61/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities66,140$15.20/hr
Financial Activities810$24.58/hr
Professional and Business Services500$20.68/hr
Education and Health Services800$12.37/hr
Leisure and Hospitality1,400$13.29/hr
Other Services560$15.96/hr
Public Administration480$15.32/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 1,210$14.76/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,530$14.93/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 1,630$14.84/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,970$14.77/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 2,580$15.38/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,800$14.92/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 2,900$15.15/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,430$14.87/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 3,640$14.63/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,920$15.13/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 4,090$14.97/hr-4.4%
Northeast Minnesota 4,190$14.73/hr-4.8%
Southeast Minnesota 5,410$15.08/hr-3.4%
Northwest Balance of State 5,420$14.95/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 6,070$14.93/hr-3.5%
Central Minnesota 8,070$15.27/hr-2.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 43,360$15.32/hr-3.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 48,170$15.34/hrN/A
Minnesota 71,830$15.24/hr-3.0%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
First-Line Supervisors of Gambling Services Workers 840$25.44/hr20.3%
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 3,560$14.66/hr14.1%
Counter and Rental Clerks 4,010$15.83/hr1.0%
Tellers 5,800$18.84/hr-12.1%
Demonstrators and Product Promoters 430$15.69/hr0.6%

  • Greet customers and ascertain what each customer wants or needs.
  • Bag or package purchases and wrap gifts.
  • Open and close cash registers, performing tasks such as counting money, separating charge slips, coupons, and vouchers, balancing cash drawers, and making deposits.
  • Compute sales prices, total purchases, and receive and process cash or credit payment.
  • Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise.
  • Recommend, select, and help locate or obtain merchandise based on customer needs and desires.
  • Maintain records related to sales.
  • Maintain knowledge of current sales and promotions, policies regarding payment and exchanges, and security practices.
  • Estimate and quote trade-in allowances.
  • Prepare merchandise for purchase or rental.