Gender, Volume, Region Affect Jewelers’ Pay, Benefits

The good news for the jewelry industry is that, despite an uneven economy, most jewelry-store job titles saw modest to significant gains in compensation in 2004 compared with 2003, according to the results of JCK’s most recent salary survey. The bad news is that while women made some salary gains last year, the gap remains between men’s and women’s salaries in most positions. Out of 11 jewelry-store job titles that JCK tracks in its annual survey, seven saw compensation gains in 2004. Some of the traditionally lower-paid positions tended to register the biggest increases in median compensation. For instance, general sales associates and watch-repair people saw their compensation jump by 27 percent compared with 2003 figures, while office staff saw their total compensation increase by 20 percent. Assistant managers realized the largest pay gain of any position: from $33,515 in 2
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