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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Sales Representative Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$52,460
-0.27% 2.63%
2016
$52,600
2.02% -
2015
$51,540
0.25% -
2014
$51,410
0.39% -
2013
$51,210
0.25% -
2012
$51,080
- -

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 $74,890. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $34,000).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$74,890
Utilities
$69,530
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$63,340
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,760
Construction
$60,360
Transportation and Warehousing
$58,600
Manufacturing
$56,120
Finance and Insurance
$55,110
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,560
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$53,990
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,310
Information
$53,220
Wholesale Trade
$52,310
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$51,340
Educational Services
$49,180
Accommodation and Food Services
$47,320
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$45,720
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$43,960
Retail Trade
$38,600
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$34,000

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
Travel Agents
$55,410
Other Sales Representatives
$42,100
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
$38,800
Advertising Sales Agents
$29,410
Insurance Sales Agents
$29,250



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