Hey guys, I was recently hired as the Sommelier for a small wine shop in Orlando, Florida. This will be my first Sommelier position (my experience is managing bars and bartending). Anyways, I am completely clueless as to what my compensation should be. Can anybody shed some light on this for me?
Thank you all in advance!
Hi Gregory! Have you looked at our salary survey results for 2018? The average salary in retail, as reported by participants, was $45,000.
I will only be working part time, so I kind of figured salary would be out of the question...
Hi Gregory, Perhaps think of it as what do you contribute to their bottom line? I know you said you have been recently hired, and hindsight always makes it sound easy, but if you are in a position to negotiate...
It may not be increased profit from your sales alone, but other intangibles such as training others, writing offers, coordinating events, leveraging relationships for better margins etc.
As a base, think about what is the GP$ of the business, as there is zero point in asking for $45k pro rata if the shop isn't generating enough $ to cover your wage expectations.
I can only speak for Australia, but we have legal minimums depending on the responsibilities involved.
Congrats on the new gig.
I've worked big retail, small retail, been a stock boy, been a buyer...for a small wine shop I'd be very, very surprised if your asking price *could* be any higher than $40k/yr if you were working full time. Are you the buyer? Are you the opening/closing manager? In charge of training? How old is the shop? How many SKUs?
All these questions are key in terms of figuring out what your worth to the shop is but also what you can expect from them. Since you said you'll be part time, I'll say what most of my retail clients make here in New York: Anywhere between $12-17/hr.
Thank you, this is very insightful
I've worked high-end retail in NYC and was compensated $20 an hour, $25 an hour for store tastings and events.
In, Portland, Oregon, I used to call on a number of retailers and the starting wage was generally around $14 per hour for the floor staff.