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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
$26,400
25th Percentile Wage
$35,950
50th Percentile Wage
$52,600
75th Percentile Wage
$81,680
90th Percentile Wage
$133,660

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
201652,6002.02%2.89%
201551,5400.25%-
201451,4100.39%-
201351,2100.25%-
201251,080--

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

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$81,050
Utilities
$77,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,030
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,810
Construction
$59,470
Manufacturing
$57,470
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,090
Finance and Insurance
$55,550
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,810
Wholesale Trade
$54,470
Federal, State, and Local Government
$54,190
Information
$52,540
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$51,500
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$50,900
Educational Services
$49,590
Accommodation and Food Services
$47,810
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$45,220
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$44,200
Retail Trade
$38,330
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$35,580

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
$67,310
Other Sales Representatives
$52,490
Advertising Sales Agents
$50,380
Insurance Sales Agents
$49,990
Travel Agents
$36,460


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