Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are having a debate and we would love some insight!
If you earn commission in your retail sales job, how is your commission structured? Do you earn a salary + commission? What percentage of a sale you make do you earn in commission?
If you could tell me where you work, that would be great too!
Post # 3
I used to work in retail and it depends on the retailer/department. In department store cosmetics (e.g. Clinique, Lancome), it is hourly wage + commission (e.g. $12 + 3% commission). In some clothing departments at high end department stores (e.g. Nordstrom, Saks), they either do hourly wage + commission or they do commission-only (which is a higher percentage than when it’s hourly + commission). If you are stuck doing something that is related to your job but doesn’t yield sales (e.g. training, inventory), they will pay you hourly at a competitive rate. The commission varies but I’ve heard anything from 3% to 16%, depending on what the hourly is and what the department is. If it’s a high percentage, then it’s usually all commission, no hourly. When you are commission-only, it gives you a huge incentive to really build your customer book and build customer loyalty.
Post # 4
I work at Best Buy in the high end home theater department. No comission, but mega pressure from management to sell the “full solution.” I know you’re more looking for places that ARE on commission, just thought I’d throw it out there since many people assume we are when that’s not the case.
Post # 5
I earn an hourly wage plus comission. The comission percentage varies depending on what type of product I sell
Post # 6
I work part time in a shoe store on top of my other job. My base wage is $7.25 per hour plus commission. The percentage of commission I earn is dependant on my sales per hour, but is usually 2%.
Because minimum wage is $10.25 per hour, it is rare for me to actually get paid any commission – my wage plus commission is below minimum wage, so they have to bump me up to minimum. The only time I actually earned enough commission to get paid slightly higher than minimum wage was when we were super busy around Christmas. Because my sales per hour were higher, I was getting 3 or 4% commission during that time.
Post # 7
Thank you for all of your responses!
Darling Husband and I were at the mall and he tried on a pair of shoes at a department store. He knew that he had an online coupon code for that store and could get 25% off ordering online, but he felt bad that the salesperson would miss out on the commission.
Hense the discussion about how much commission retail salespeople make per transaction 🙂