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What Does it Take to Be a Sales Representative?

Position Description All services sales representatives not listed separately.

Other Sales Representative Job Titles

  • Sales Specialist
  • Travel Freight and Passenger Agent
  • Provider Relations Representative
  • Merchandise Shopper
  • Marketing Representative

Sales Representative Employment Estimates

In the United States, there were 983,000 jobs for Sales Representatives in 2016.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.7% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 94,900 new jobs for Sales Representatives by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 131,000 job openings in this field each year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Sales Representatives in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Sales Representatives are Texas, California, and Florida.

Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Alaska, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Sales Representative

Sales Representatives Make between $26,300 and $116,090 a year. A Sales Representative median salary is $54,550.

Salary Ranges for Sales Representatives

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for jobs of this type in different U.S. states.

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

New Jersey

$80,470

New York

$77,680

District of Columbia

$76,460

Massachusetts

$76,200

Virginia

$76,130

Maryland

$75,600

Colorado

$72,490

Washington

$71,730

Connecticut

$70,600

New Hampshire

$69,450

Kansas

$69,440

Delaware

$67,290

California

$67,280

Pennsylvania

$66,800

Indiana

$66,610

Hawaii

$66,540

Minnesota

$64,940

Ohio

$63,760

Illinois

$63,440

Rhode Island

$62,580

Georgia

$62,170

Michigan

$62,100

Oregon

$61,870

Texas

$61,060

Iowa

$60,960

North Carolina

$60,490

North Dakota

$60,300

Nevada

$59,250

Alaska

$59,120

Vermont

$58,630

Utah

$58,580

Maine

$57,740

Tennessee

$57,560

Wisconsin

$56,630

Florida

$56,550

Oklahoma

$56,240

Kentucky

$55,910

Missouri

$54,920

Arizona

$54,520

Arkansas

$53,640

Alabama

$52,810

Nebraska

$52,740

Wyoming

$52,590

Idaho

$51,980

New Mexico

$51,530

Mississippi

$51,240

Louisiana

$50,770

Montana

$50,720

South Carolina

$49,670

South Dakota

$49,060

West Virginia

$48,640

Where do Sales Representatives Work?

Sales Representative Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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