JCK Annual Salary Study

Blame it on growing expenses, high reinvestment or profit-taking, but a nearly 15% increase in retail jewelry store sales in 1995 did little to boost salaries. From the president's office to the office staff, salaries ran about even with those of 1994, which ran about even with those of 1993. Interestingly, jewelry store employees with specialized technical knowledge saw their salaries grow substantially. That's one indication the skills of gemologists, goldsmiths, benchworkers and watchmakers are increasingly important as independent jewelers, in their battle for market share, offer services that mass merchandisers don't. That's a capsule look at the latest JCK salary study, an annual review of salary and benefit plans among the members of the JCK Retail Jewelers Panel. The panel's 650 members represent primarily independent stores across the nation. Results of the study can't be

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