Now you can rest assured that your favorite office supply store also fairly compensates their sales associates. On average the starting minimum wage at Staples is $9.20 per hour. The idea for this office supply supermarket was born in 1985 when founder, Tom Stemberg, realized it was impossible to find an open store to purchase a new typewriter ribbon over a holiday weekend. Ten months later, Staples was in business and has been growing and evolving ever since. Staples sales associates are passionate and informed about the products they sell, inspiring confidence in every customer. Part of what makes Staples’ employees so committed is the fair treatment they receive within the company. Part-time and full-time employees benefit from a full range of healthcare insurance and a 401k plan. Other benefits reaped by full-time workers are life services (including parenting assistance and counseling) and short- and long-term disability, and employee discount.