In the United States, over 4.3 million people work in retail and earn an average salary of $29,360.1 Unfortunately, that falls 45% below the national average salary of all occupations.
Selling in retail is already stressful, but during the pandemic, workers faced new on-job restrictions, training precautions, and risks. The retail industry suffered from a decrease in consumer spending that left many workers in a precarious position, and many lost their jobs.
To help those in the industry make their next move, we found which states pay retail workers the best, and where they have to work the least to afford rent. (Nationally, retail workers must work 66.7 hours to afford rent.2)
Our rankings may give you a better idea of whether or not you want to keep working in retail where you're living, or if you may need to switch careers to keep up with rent. (We also looked at the best-paying states for nursing, US teachers, and restaurant staff, if you’re curious.)
How does working retail pay where you live compare to the rest of the US?