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Sales Representative Salary Information

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Sales Representative Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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 $133,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,400. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 406% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Table 2. Sales Representative Salary by Industry Sector

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 $81,050. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $35,580).

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
Wholesale Trade
Federal, State, and Local Government
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
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

Table 3. Salaries of Sales Representative Related Occupations

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
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
Other Sales Representatives
Advertising Sales Agents
Insurance Sales Agents
Travel Agents


Highest paying industries for sales representatives.