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Salary of Sales and Related Occupations

The average annual salary of sales and related occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all sales and related occupations in the United States. The sales and related occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Sales and Related Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,150
25th Percentile Wage
$20,210
50th Percentile Wage
$26,590
75th Percentile Wage
$46,230
90th Percentile Wage
$78,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sales and related occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) sales and related occupations is $78,300. The median annual salary is $26,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,150.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of sales and related occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201626,5903.50%5.53%
201525,6601.17%-
201425,3600.79%-
201325,1600.16%-
201225,120--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Sales and Related Occupations (2016 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all sales and related occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among sales and related professions and range from $20,180 to $100,000. The highest paid sales and related occupations are sales engineers with a median annual salary of $100,000. The lowest paid sales and related occupations in the United States are cashiers with a median annual salary of $20,180. For more salary information about a specific sales and related profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Sales Engineers
$100,000
Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$78,980
First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
$73,150
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
$67,310
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
$60,530
Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
$57,140
Real Estate Brokers
$56,790
Sales Representatives
$52,600
Other Sales Representatives
$52,490
Advertising Sales Agents
$50,380
Insurance Sales Agents
$49,990
Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents
$46,410
Real Estate Sales Agents
$44,090
First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers
$42,250
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
$39,040
Sales and Related Workers, All Other
$37,190
Travel Agents
$36,460
Miscellaneous Sales and Related Workers
$35,880
Other Sales and Related Workers
$32,550
Parts Salespersons
$29,780
Counter and Rental Clerks and Parts Salespersons
$27,030
Demonstrators and Product Promoters
$25,610
Models, Demonstrators, and Product Promoters
$25,580
Counter and Rental Clerks
$25,550
Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers
$24,330
Telemarketers
$24,300
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers
$23,780
Retail Salespersons
$22,680
Models
$21,870
Retail Sales Workers
$21,570
Cashiers
$20,200
Cashiers
$20,180