There are around 15,700 Family Dollar and Dollar Tree stores in the U.S., with new locations opening regularly.
If you're looking for a new job, your local variety store may be hiring.
Before you apply, we'll tell you everything you need to know about these dollar store jobs.
Read on to learn about both retailers, the positions that may be available, and why you might like to work there.
Back in 2015, the Dollar Tree company bought Family Dollar. They are both discount-variety retailers that sell a range of items, including clothing, health products, cleaning supplies, seasonal decor, and groceries.
Dollar Tree sells merchandise for $1 or less. Family Dollar sells inexpensive items with many products under $5. The stores sell a mix of both well-known and private-label brands.
The main competitors of Dollar Tree and Family Dollar are Walmart and Dollar General.
Since the two companies merged, some of the outlets have become combo-stores. You can find Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores across the U.S. and Canada, with many of them in busy shopping centers.
Here are the number of Dollar Tree stores from 2007–2020:
Are you thinking about applying for a job at Dollar Tree or Family Dollar?
These stores value unique and different backgrounds. They’re constantly seeking motivated individuals with ambition, imagination, and positive attitudes. They also have a supportive work environment.
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar place emphasis on their core values of responsibility, integrity, courtesy, and commitment. And they always aim to provide essential products at a great value to the communities they serve.
Their most desired jobs are retail positions and distribution and logistics roles.
If you work there, you’ll get access to a range of employee benefits, including medical, wellness, holiday, and financial benefits.
Many of the jobs are entry-level, with on-the-job training provided. The stores often promote from within, so you can work your way up to a management position.
There are many different retail store positions that you may like to apply for. Here are a few examples:
Store floor associates help with the daily store operations. They assist in the merchandising of the store and handle all sales transactions.
They’re fully trained in cash register operations, customer service, and stock replenishment. Store floor associates may take cash and credit card payments.
They make sure the cash register is secure and look out for incidents of shoplifting in the store.
Store floor associates need to have good customer service skills and the ability to work in a team.
How much does a store floor associate make?
The salary for store floor associates can vary depending on the store location and whether you’re full-time or part-time, but you can expect to receive between $8 – $14 per hour.
Successful customer service representatives provide exceptional customer service. They need to be positive and approachable.
The role includes greeting customers, helping them select merchandise, completing transactions, and answering questions.
Customer service representatives make sure the variety store is clean and well-stocked. They handle customer funds and process transactions using the point of sale (POS) system.
And they make sure the store is a safe and secure shopping environment.
How much does a customer service representative make?
The salary varies depending on the store and your experience. The minimum wage is usually $8 - $10 per hour.
Assistant store managers help customers, answer questions, and deal with complaints. They lead the team and make sure the variety store is clean and well-stocked.
They work under the store manager and help to supervise, train, and develop store associates.
An assistant manager may unload merchandise from the delivery truck, organize stock, and transfer products from the stockroom to the store.
Some assistant store managers order merchandise. They may also help with record-keeping, payroll, scheduling, and cash register deposits and receipts.
Assistant store managers support the manager in loss prevention efforts and help with daily paperwork.
To apply for this role, you’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent. You’ll also likely need store management experience in retail, grocery, or drug store environments.
How much does an assistant store manager make?
The average hourly wage for an assistant store manager is $15 per hour. Depending on your experience and location, you could earn up to $21 per hour.
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar warehouse and distribution centers are constantly seeking team players.
They look for candidates with proven retail distribution experience to work in their fast-paced distribution centers across the continental U.S.
To work in a warehouse or distribution center, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:
High school diploma or equivalent
Ability to lift 70lbs
Previous warehouse experience preferred
Let’s take a closer look at a specific position.
Your local warehouse and distribution center may be looking for warehouse and distribution associates. Depending on your location, they may need the skills of a yard driver, high-reach lift operator, loader, order filler, or equipment operator.
General warehouse and distribution associates load and unload trailers, move merchandise, and use conveyors or power lift equipment.
They check, verify, and audit merchandise and enter data into remote terminals. They make sure any merchandise is as ordered and not damaged.
Warehouse and distribution associates refill pick areas. They use computer software to find out what needs restocking.
When an order comes in, these workers select and move the merchandise so that it’s ready for packaging.
They load merchandise onto trailers and scan non-conveyable or non-diverted items. And they make sure all merchandise is correctly labeled and not damaged before it leaves the depot.
What shifts do warehouse distribution associates work?
There may be a series of shifts available. For example, many warehouse associates work to the following roster:
First shift: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Second shift: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Third shift: 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. (overnight)
How much do warehouse and distribution associates make?
The salary can depend on your experience, role, and location. You can expect to earn around $15.50 per hour with pay increases at 90 days, 180 days, and annually.
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar are currently paying an additional $2 per hour to their associates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because they’re essential workers.
Ready to apply for a job at one of these stores?
You can start by reading our article on how to apply for a job at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar.
All of the instructions on how to apply are in the job descriptions. For most positions, you’ll need to apply online or email a copy of your resume to the hiring manager.
For many of the warehouse roles, the job description asks you to apply online. After this, you’ll need to call a listed phone number. Make sure to follow up so you can get working as soon as possible.
If there's a Family Dollar or Dollar Tree location near you, you might want to apply for a new job.
Workers receive a range of benefits. Some of the positions are entry-level, so job seekers don't need previous experience.
In this article, we introduced you to the company and told you about a few popular dollar store jobs. We split them into two categories, exploring both retail and general warehouse positions.
We gave you a rundown of your potential salary and told you where to look for current vacancies.
If you're looking for new career opportunities, consider applying at your closest Dollar Tree or Family Dollar store or distribution center.