In the Summer 2019 issue of The Voice, we explored the ins and outs of wages in the outdoor industry. We set out to answer one simple yet important question: As an outdoor employee, is your paycheck big enough?

As the pandemic continues to affect wages across the industry, we're curious about our friends in specialty retail sales. If you own a retail shop, we want to know: Does your sales staff work on commission?

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