The pay as a sales associate was hourly. I actually didn't negotiate because the employer started me at a somewhat higher pay because i had sales experience. But, i will say that you are expandable in these type of jobs. So if i asked for even more higher pay on my already increased pay, there is a chance the employed might not have hired me. If you do want to negotiate higher pay, make sure you have the experience to back it up, and say the right words, be professional.