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With a company the size of Barnes and Noble, who reportedly employs around 26,000 people, there is room to grow your career with this book giant. Like any job, there are positions with the bookstore that are considered entry-level but depending on the longevity you're looking to put into the company, there are some higher-paying positions that just may be worth sticking around for, especially if you love books.
The History of Barnes and Noble
Believe it or not, the origins of Barnes and Noble dates back to 1873. While you can imagine not many people were rushing out to buy books at that point, the idea started with a "book business" created by Charles M. Barnes from the comfort of his Illinois living room.
The modern-day founder, Leonard Riggio, got his start opening small bookstores on college campuses until he acquired the Barnes and Noble trade name and opened the famous flagship store in New York City dubbed "The World’s Largest Bookstore," with 150,000 textbook and trade titles. From there, the stores expanded into other cities across the country and eventually started selling music, movies, gifts and toys. From the beginning, the company prided itself on not just being innovative but also employing a knowledgeable and friendly staff.
How Much Does Barnes and Noble Pay?
Like any company, wages depend on the position you're working, how much experience you have and where you live. When looking at an average across the United States, entry-level positions like "booksellers," "cashiers," "baristas" and "customer service representatives" start just over $9.00 per hour.
Supervisor positions that are salaried, begin at the $25,000 mark. Managers are paid in both hourly and salary wages. The hourly rates are between $11 to $17 an hour, while those who were paid salaries came in between $33,000 to-$37,000 per year. The General Manager position averages $53,408.
There are health insurance and dental benefits, vision coverage, a 401K retirement plan, paid time off, tuition reimbursement and other benefits depending on whether you are a part-time or full-time employee.
Do Barnes and Noble Employees Get a Discount?
Book lovers rejoice! Barnes and Nobles' employees receive 30 percent off books, 20 percent off music and movies and 50 percent off food and drinks in the cafe.
Some locations have employees who report being able to "check out" a hardcover book, leaving the jacket at the store to keep from getting blemished and return it in a timely manner.
Erinne is a freelance writer living in Maine. Her work has been published by The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, Men's Journal and more.