As of 2014, full-time sales associates make around $20,000 per year on average, according to Salary. This amount varies based factors that include education level, location, industry, company size and experience.
Sales associates' duties include selling goods and providing customer service at retail establishments, from large chains, such as Target or Best Buy, to smaller local businesses. Although this position generally requires no retail experience, a high school diploma or equivalent may be required. The job typically requires little independent judgment, as sales associates follow very specific instructions and rely on pre-established guidelines to complete their work. Sales associates may also be referred to as salespeople or retail sales staff.