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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 7,990675$16.60/hr$11.29/hr$12.17/hr$13.85/hr$18.48/hr$24.58/hr
Northeast Minnesota 4,390626$15.66/hr$11.30/hr$12.07/hr$13.43/hr$16.60/hr$21.53/hr
Northwest Minnesota 6,340508$17.34/hr$11.04/hr$11.95/hr$13.74/hr$18.12/hr$27.29/hr
Southeast Minnesota 5,710581$15.79/hr$11.45/hr$12.51/hr$14.41/hr$16.64/hr$21.36/hr
Southwest Minnesota 3,870392$16.57/hr$11.28/hr$12.17/hr$13.91/hr$17.34/hr$25.54/hr
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 44,2302,446$16.41/hr$11.50/hr$12.37/hr$14.21/hr$17.17/hr$22.54/hr
Minnesota 71,3702,783$16.42/hr$11.40/hr$12.30/hr$14.11/hr$17.25/hr$23.11/hr
U S 3,659,67021,958$15.71/hr$10.03/hr$11.63/hr$13.76/hr$16.76/hr$22.65/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities67,480$14.10/hr
Financial Activities120$16.41/hr
Professional and Business Services1,230$13.98/hr
Education and Health Services460$12.79/hr
Leisure and Hospitality720$13.49/hr
Other Services190$14.45/hr
Public Administration140$14.95/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 1,170$13.48/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,780$12.86/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 1,800$13.82/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,490$13.86/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 2,940$14.16/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 3,050$13.64/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 3,060$12.19/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,340$14.41/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,550$13.29/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 3,870$13.91/hr-8.1%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 4,030$13.28/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 4,390$13.43/hr-8.6%
Northwest Balance of State 5,570$13.92/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 5,710$14.41/hr-2.3%
Northwest Minnesota 6,340$13.74/hr-1.9%
Central Minnesota 7,990$13.85/hr-0.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 44,230$14.21/hr-4.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 47,390$14.26/hrN/A
Minnesota 71,370$14.11/hr-3.0%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
First-Line Supervisors of Gambling Services Workers 510$18.43/hr20.3%
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 3,620$13.56/hr14.1%
Counter and Rental Clerks 4,370$15.81/hr1.0%
Tellers 8,250$16.30/hr-12.1%
Demonstrators and Product Promoters 430$15.27/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.