Employment Information

The median hourly wage for entry-level employment in the retail industry in Washington state is $11.36. First-line supervisory/management workers have a median hourly wage of $19.79.

Employment Outlook

Employment openings in the grocery industry and other retail segments increase as the population grows. Jobs opportunities are available in rural communities and small cities as well as large metropolitan areas. Additional jobs are created as grocery stores expand to offer other goods and sevices. Technical advances like scanners and electronic data interchange may provide management opportunities.

Employment for the retail industry in Washington state projects a 13 percent change up through 2022. First-line supervisory/management positions are projected to grow 14 percent in that period.