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There are dollar stores all over the country, selling goods from snacks to cleaning supplies at the low prices people love. Convenience and low cost are key at these establishments, including Dollar General. Those looking for a position in management or service can look to Dollar General as a prospect.
What Is Dollar General?
Dollar General stores provide customers with every day low prices on items like food, health and beauty products, cleaning supplies, clothing, housewares, holiday items and paper products. Dollar General sells brand name products as well as their own private brands.
The idea of the dollar store was sparked in 1955, when Cal Turner, owner of Turner Department Store in Springfield, Kentucky, saw the success of many major department store ''Dollar Day'' sales, when most items were priced at a dollar or less. When Turner saw that the popularity of Dollar Day could keep an entire store in business, Dollar General was born. Turner converted his department store into the very first Dollar General store, where no item cost more than $1.00.
How Much Dollar General Pays Per Hour
Hourly rates for Dollar General employees vary depending on position. The average hourly wage for an assistant manager is $11 per hour. Dollar General lead sales associates average about $9 an hour as of 2018, while sales associates and cashiers average $8 an hour. There are also opportunities to make a salary wage with Dollar General. The typical Dollar General store manager's salary is $39,943, and store manager salaries at Dollar General can range from $26,390 to $66,784.
Benefits of Working at Dollar General
According to Glassdoor, Dollar General offers different benefit plans with varying levels of coverage and cost based on the needs of their employees. Dollar General also contributes toward the cost of employee benefits to help reduce the cost on employees.
To qualify for benefits, Dollar General employees need to be full-time, or part-time working more than 30 hours per week during a defined measurement period. Benefits include health coverage, time off and retirement. Health benefits include medical, dental, vision and disability. Work benefits include annual bonus opportunities, vacation time, paid holidays and a service award program. Retirement benefits include employees being able to contribute 25 percent of their pretax income; Dollar General will match up to the first 5 percent of employee contribution.
Dollar General is thriving, with more than 13,000 stores all over the U.S. and plans to open 900 new stores in 2018. The company believes that by the end of the year, more than three in four Americans will live within five miles of a Dollar General.