Retail Salespersons

2.5/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $14.00 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 66% (Robots are watching)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Retail Salespersons' job openings is expected to decline by -0.2% by 2031
'Retail Salespersons' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Retail Salespersons' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Retail Salespersons' was $29,120, or $14.00 hourly
'Retail Salespersons' are paid 36.4% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as retail salespersons?

As of 2021 there were 3,693,490 people employed as Retail Salespersons within the United States.
This represents around 2.62% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 38 people are employed as Retail Salespersons.

Job description

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

SOC Code: 41-2031.00


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Nico (Highly likely) says
Because of the pandemic and all.
Feb 03, 2021 at 12:06 PM
Richard says
The world is changing exponentially year over year. Things that took 20 years to be developed and brought to market now can be developed in just a fraction of the time. Society is driven by innovation and technology and the economy is vastly dominated by data driven statistics. AI is more advanced than the world actually realizes. The IOT is already in production and just standing by for the regulations to be incorporated, then that will pull out all the stops. I give it 2-3 years tops before automation disrupts every industry whether society is ready for it or not.
Jul 25, 2020 at 01:50 AM
Richard Dumas (Highly likely) says
The entire retail industry is fallen by the waste side and being disrupted by eCommerce. Amazon has dominated the retail space over the last decade and is expanding exponentially year over year with no signs of slowing down. The retail industry will need to adapt to the new way that people want to do business.
Jul 25, 2020 at 01:41 AM
Joel Vitug says
People will always need that human connection, there are plenty of us that needs to touch, see, and feel the product, sometimes even taste the product. There are going to be a place for AI and robotics, with this in some aspects will make our jobs more efficient and productive. We are social beings, we have learned that through this Covid-19 pandemic, people need people even in sales.
May 14, 2020 at 03:38 PM
Ali (Highly likely) says
Well it depends what we're talking about here. If we're talking about people who stock shelves the whole times then absolutely but there're are some places where we cant really replace them yet.
Nov 27, 2019 at 01:45 PM
Marge (Highly likely) says
Ease of online sales will surely doom retail storefronts, especially the sales reps. It already is. I work in cellular and literally sell the very devices people use to online shop and price check. Sorry 'bout that.
Aug 07, 2019 at 01:56 AM
Viviane Paraschiv says
Because people still go in stores (talking here about fashion here) for a personal connection. Might be more automated for consumer goods but not that sure it will be 92% automated
Mar 28, 2019 at 12:10 PM
Lee Springer says
Amazon Prime Wardrobe, Blackcart, and thousands of other companies represent the current projected 92%. You're correct in estimating that the 'current' population would prefer to shop in store. You must realize in 10 years the customer market will be completely different than it is now.
Shopping malls are shutting down, New shopping stores launch online with only 4% hitting a store front.
It's safe to say that retail shopping is doomed as a career/job.
May 29, 2019 at 06:37 PM

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