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
Southeast Minnesota 6,470502$14.28/hr$10.66/hr$11.39/hr$12.67/hr$15.22/hr$19.18/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities80,710$12.68/hr
Financial Activities90$14.17/hr
Professional and Business Services1,110$13.23/hr
Education and Health Services400$13.41/hr
Leisure and Hospitality990$12.45/hr
Other Services140$13.00/hr
Public Administration130$13.64/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 1,290$12.02/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,970$11.83/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 2,170$12.60/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,890$13.07/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 3,480$12.59/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 3,500$12.59/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 3,540$11.18/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,630$12.71/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 4,260$12.40/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 4,420$13.03/hr-12.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 4,690$12.07/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 5,080$12.13/hr-12.6%
Northwest Balance of State 5,900$13.37/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 6,140$13.05/hr-6.2%
Southeast Minnesota 6,470$12.67/hr-3.8%
Central Minnesota 9,440$12.49/hr5.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 53,230$12.81/hr0.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 58,020$12.81/hrN/A
Minnesota 84,960$12.72/hr-1.0%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Counter and Rental Clerks 4,740$14.46/hr1.6%
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 5,280$12.76/hr9.5%
Tellers 8,590$15.15/hr-6.7%
Demonstrators and Product Promoters 380$14.37/hr4.0%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 33,470$32.83/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.