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Salaries vary greatly in this field. The level of responsibility, the years of service, and the size and location of the store all factor into the compensation.

In general, salespeople start out at the federal minimum wage, which was $5.15 an hour as of this printing. When there are more jobs than there are people looking for work, entry-level people may be offered more. The annual salaries of sales managers range from about $21,000 to $37,000. Some workers are paid on commission (a percentage of the sales they make) or on a combination of a salary and commission.

Most stores let their employees buy merchandise at a discount. This can save the employee hundreds of dollars a year. Employees may also participate in profit-sharing plans and receive bonuses and awards for outstanding sales. Salespeople often don't get health benefits or paid vacations, but managers generally do get these benefits.

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