A big portion of take-home pay for Advertising Sales Representatives — more than a third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $37K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Advertising Sales Representatives — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Advertising Sales Representatives (62 percent) survey participants are women. Some workers in this field — approximately one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,927 - $61,042
$20K
$35K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,202
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$8.81 - $19.33
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$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$19,927 - $61,042  
   
Bonus
$608 - $30,151  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
Commission
$1,300 - $36,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,749 - $68,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $19.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$18.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$608 - $30,151  
   
Commission
$1,300 - $36,500  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,749 - $68,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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Job Description for Advertising Sales Representative

An advertising sales representative works for companies that generate revenue by selling some aspect of their media space to advertisers. Typically, the advertising sales representative works for a media outlet such as a television or radio station, newspaper, or magazine. However, an increasing number of large companies are using advertising sales representatives to help generate online ad revenue as well.

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Advertising Sales Representative Tasks

  • Deliver advertising or illustration proofs to customers for approval.
  • Sell or solicit advertising, including graphic art, advertising space in publications, custom made signs, or TV and radio advertising time.
  • Recommend appropriate sizes and formats for advertising, depending on medium being used.

Common Career Paths for Advertising Sales Representative


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As Advertising Sales Representatives transition into upper-level roles such as Advertising Account Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Advertising Account Managers earn $49K on average per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Advertising Sales Representative

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Advertising Sales Representatives, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. Advertising Sales Representatives bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $45K.

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Key Stats for Advertising Sales Representative

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Advertising
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 23%

Account Sales
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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