The typical hourly rate for an AutoZone employee varies depending on the position he holds within the company. In 2014, a Customer Service Associate made $7.38 to $13.73 an hour, but an Automotive Retail Salesperson made $7.24 to $15.46 an hour, according to PayScale.
Originally named Auto Shack, AutoZone was founded on July 4, 1979, in Forest City, Ark., by J.R. "Pitt" Hyde III. The total sales for that first day came to around $300. In 1983, the company opened its 100th store, and in 1987 it changed its name to AutoZone. In 2014, AutoZone was located in 48 states, and it was a Fortune 500 company with approximately $8.1 billion in annual sales.