Occupational Employment Statistics


41-2031 Retail Salespersons

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

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 5,560564$14.62/hr$10.33/hr$10.85/hr$12.63/hr$15.50/hr$19.70/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities83,260$12.36/hr
Financial Activities280$13.58/hr
Professional and Business Services910$12.71/hr
Education and Health Services420$12.41/hr
Leisure and Hospitality690$11.86/hr
Other Services210$12.73/hr
Public Administration140$12.54/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 1,270$11.94/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 2,140$11.65/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 2,320$11.95/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 3,020$12.68/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 3,520$10.50/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 3,580$12.30/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 3,800$12.08/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 4,350$12.26/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 4,360$12.27/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 4,790$11.80/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 4,870$12.22/hr-12.9%
Northeast Minnesota 5,370$11.86/hr-12.6%
Northwest Minnesota 5,560$12.63/hr-6.2%
Northwest Balance of State 6,330$12.82/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 7,160$12.20/hr-3.8%
Central Minnesota 8,920$12.20/hr5.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 53,720$12.52/hr0.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 58,450$12.47/hrN/A
Minnesota 87,430$12.38/hr-1.0%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Counter and Rental Clerks 5,360$13.37/hr1.6%
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 5,200$12.10/hr9.5%
Tellers 8,300$14.57/hr-6.7%
Demonstrators and Product Promoters 760$13.15/hr4.0%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 33,060$31.44/hr5.8%

  • Greet customers and ascertain what each customer wants or needs.
  • 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 knowledge of current sales and promotions, policies regarding payment and exchanges, and security practices.
  • Prepare merchandise for purchase or rental.
  • Watch for and recognize security risks and thefts and know how to prevent or handle these situations.
  • Ticket, arrange, and display merchandise to promote sales.
  • Clean shelves, counters, and tables.
  • Demonstrate use or operation of merchandise.