The salary statistics of sales representatives are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of sales representatives in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of sales representatives within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The sales representatives annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$26,460|
|25th Percentile Wage||$35,940|
|50th Percentile Wage||$52,460|
|75th Percentile Wage||$80,410|
|90th Percentile Wage||$130,470|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sales representatives. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) sales representatives is $130,470. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,460. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,460. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 393% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of sales representatives from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of sales representatives in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for sales representatives occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $74,890. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $34,000).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
The average annual salary of sales representative related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.
|Occupation||Median Annual Salary|
|Travel Agents|| |
|Other Sales Representatives|| |
|Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents|| |
|Advertising Sales Agents|| |
|Insurance Sales Agents|| |