Retail Salespersons (41-2031)

Occupation description:  Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers. Excludes Cashiers (41-2011).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 13,75613,772 0.1871 1,0921,965
United States 4,602,5004,682,100 1.7293,900 368,400670,270

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 13.208.619.58 11.1614.2119.85
Alaska 14.6010.1911.10 12.9415.5219.98
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 14.8710.0410.89 12.5215.2520.90
Fairbanks North Star Borough 13.7910.2611.05 12.7614.9518.45
Southeast Region 14.3010.6411.89 13.5615.4718.81
Balance of State 14.6210.5211.63 13.7116.9320.43

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
18,1523,385 18.626.6 21.3
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation5,645
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation1,009
UI claimants previously working in occupation1,217
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 5,231
Number of job position postings 908
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.8

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Retail Sales Workers 10 Years Later (March 2014)