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Salary of Sales and Related Occupations

The average annual salary of sales and related occupations is shown in Table 1. Table 2 compares the median salaries across 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 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Sales and Related Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,310
25th Percentile Wage
$20,920
50th Percentile Wage
$27,020
75th Percentile Wage
$46,380
90th Percentile Wage
$77,820

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 $77,820. The median annual salary is $27,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,310.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of sales and related occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$27,020
1.59% 7.03%
2016
$26,590
3.50% -
2015
$25,660
1.17% -
2014
$25,360
0.79% -
2013
$25,160
0.16% -
2012
$25,120
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Sales and Related Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Sales and Related Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among sales and related professions, ranging from $21,030 to $98,720. The highest-paid sales and related occupations are sales engineers with a median annual salary of $98,720. The lowest-paid sales and related occupations in the United States are cashiers with a median annual salary of $21,030. For more salary information about a specific sales and related profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Sales Engineers
$98,720
Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$78,830
First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
$71,650
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
$63,780
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
$60,340
Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
$56,970
Real Estate Brokers
$56,730
Other Sales Representatives
$52,510
Sales Representatives
$52,460
Insurance Sales Agents
$49,710
Advertising Sales Agents
$49,680
Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents
$47,880
Real Estate Sales Agents
$45,990
First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers
$41,860
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
$38,550
Travel Agents
$36,990
Sales and Related Workers, All Other
$33,890
Other Sales and Related Workers
$33,630
Miscellaneous Sales and Related Workers
$32,840
Parts Salespersons
$29,380
Counter and Rental Clerks and Parts Salespersons
$27,130
Demonstrators and Product Promoters
$27,060
Models, Demonstrators, and Product Promoters
$26,970
Counter and Rental Clerks
$25,820
Telemarketers
$24,460
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers
$23,910
Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers
$23,810
Retail Salespersons
$23,210
Models
$22,900
Retail Sales Workers
$22,400
Cashiers
$21,050
Cashiers
$21,030