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With more than 200 clubs in 14 states on the U.S. east coast and in the state of Ohio, BJ's Wholesale Club (commonly referred to as BJ's) offers a wide range of career opportunities, including retail, customer service, merchandising and human resources. Knowing how much BJ's pays employees in different positions helps you figure out what job opening appeals to you the most and meets your financial needs.
What is BJ's Warehouse Club?
BJ's, which began in 1984 in Massachusetts, was the first retailer to introduce the membership-only warehouse club concept in the northeastern United States. The warehouse club idea is based on a retail store selling a wide variety of merchandise to customers in wholesale quantities at discounted prices. The name BJ's came from the initials of Beverly Jean Weich, the daughter of the then-president of the company, Mervyn Weich. BJ's members save up to 30 percent on their grocery prices.
How Much Does BJ's Pay?
Some BJ's jobs pay by the hour, while others pay an annual salary. According to PayScale, which compiles their data from information provided by employees, the average pay for a BJ's cashier is $10.01 per hour. A produce clerk earns an average of $10.38 per hour, deli clerks earns an average of $10.65 per hour and a meat cutter earns an average of $17.00 per hour.
Working as a membership assistant, which may involve processing membership applications and renewals, dealing with merchandise returns and exchanges and handling enquiries from customers, pays an average of $8.71 to $17.63 per hour, depending on experience. A Customer Service representative earns an average of $12.36 per hour, while a Human Resources manager earns an average of $18.58 per hour.
Some of the BJ's jobs that pay an annual salary include assistant store manager ($51,716 per year), senior merchandise manager ($59,006 per year), membership manager ($60,761 per year) and general manager ($89,715 per year).
BJ's also pays bonuses to eligible employees, ranging from $900 to $47,500 annually. Club general managers earn the highest bonuses with an average annual bonus of $47,500, while Human Resources managers earn the lowest bonuses with an average annual bonus of $900.
Benefits of Working at BJ's
Working at BJ's comes with some benefits, including health and dental benefits, group life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance and death benefits. Eligible employees get paid sick leave and paid vacations, and the chance to join an employer-funded retirement plan.
BJ's employees don't get discounts at BJ's, but they may get a free BJ's membership, potentially saving them over $500 on their groceries a year.
Claire Gillespie is a writer and editor with experience in law, business and PR. She has written about careers for many websites, including SheKnows and Reader's Digest.
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