(Closed) Question for Retail Sales Bees

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
2542 posts
Sugar bee

I earn an hourly wage plus comission. The comission percentage varies depending on what type of product I sell

Post # 6
279 posts
Helper bee

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.

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