7 highest-paying retail sales jobs

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Have a passion for gemstones or Jeeps? Then these retail sales jobs, which can be relatively higher paying than other retail positions, may be just the spot for you.

Many top-earning salespeople sell big-ticket items like cars, furniture or jewelry, says Roberta Chinsky Matuson, president of the talent management consultancy Matuson Consulting. These jobs also can pay commissions and even performance bonuses.

“Don’t assume that every retail sales job just pays a straight salary,” she says.

While the median pay for retail sales jobs in 2012 is lower than that of all workers — $21,410 per year compared with $34,750 — top retail sales jobs pay better than that average retail salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though the overall figures are from 2012, wages and job projections are from May 2013.

There are some enticing perks for these positions. They include work schedule flexibility, since 1 in 3 salespeople worked part time in 2012, according to the BLS. And benefits can include medical and vision insurance, and even stock options.

“You may also get product training and discounts on products,” including reductions on pricey jewelry and furniture, Matuson says.

So polish your people skills and make some money in retail.

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