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  • Are Apple's Retail Store Employees Grossly Underpaid?


    A provocative new report poses an interesting and somewhat controversial question regarding Apple - owner and operator of the world's most lucrative retail real estate. Does the Cupertino, California-based iDevice and Mac maker underpay its army of retail staffers?

    Despite awards and accolades over the years hailing Apple as one of the best companies to work for (both in corporate offices and retail stores), The New York Times published a piece over the weekend that highlighted how much - or, perhaps, I should say how little - Apple pays its employees.

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    About 30,000 of the 43,000 Apple employees in this country work in Apple Stores, as members of the service economy, and many of them earn about $25,000 a year.
    In retail-land, of course, taking home $25,000 in the U.S. isn't an atrocious insult to what most retail workers make. No one, after all - and unfortunately - is getting rich working the front lines of retail. But with Apple now thriving as the world's most profitable company, some believe the tech giant is obligated to better provide for workers who are "long on loyalty but short on pay."

    "Apple is not selling polo shirts or yoga paints," the article reads. "Divide revenue by total number of employees and you find that last year, each Apple store employee that includes non-sales staff like technicians and people stocking shelves brought in $473,000."

    In the big picture, Apple's retail stores remain a much better than average place to work, even in the retail sector. Not only does Apple pay well-above minimum wage, Apple offers exceptional benefits, 401(k) contributions, company stock options, and a killer employee discount purchase program.

    As MMi reported last week, innumerable employees were recently rewarded with raises totaling upwards of 30% more than the previous salaries. Hourly wage bumps, however, were rumored to be closely tied to store performance and the performance of individuals within stores.

    Source: New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Are Apple's Retail Store Employees Grossly Underpaid? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicrfe View Post
      Any skilled construction worker gets well over 100k. I make twice that(if I include retirement contributions) as an electrician.
      Of course you can make 100k in any field as long as your are skilled and qualified. Teacher: you could be a university professor
      Retail: you could be a corporate retail agent/executive

      You can always make the big $$ in some field of work but that's only if the job is as hard or you had to work hard enough to get there
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      No, they sell 100,000 worth of **** per year, that you desperately want. They also have to stand there and smile and say sorry to you when your iPhone is broken because you dropped it in the toilet and lied, trying to claim that there's no legitimate way that the water damage sensor has been tripped.
    1. Beastly L92's Avatar
      Beastly L92 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicrfe View Post
      Any skilled construction worker gets well over 100k. I make twice that(if I include retirement contributions) as an electrician.
      100k a year construction jobs?! MAYBE a foreman makes that in a union state, MAYBE. But twice that? Nope. Sorry bud. I worked in construction for 7 years before going to the oilfield. I STARTED in the oil field at $60k which was a HUGE raise from construction.
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      nothing new here, folks. if you work for someone else, you're underpaid.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hank197857 View Post
      nothing new here, folks. if you work for someone else, you're underpaid.
      Lol true that
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      Apple's retail store is still a retail store and their sales associates get paid pretty well for that title even though a lot of them are less knowledgeable than I am with their product knowledge.