Advertising Sales Representative Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Advertising Sales Representatives (over a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $40K. In the world of Advertising Sales Representatives, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $41K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $24K and $76K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women Advertising Sales Representatives who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Most Advertising Sales Representatives are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,464 - $59,600
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,880
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90%

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$8.16 - $19.15
(Median)
$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$20,464 - $59,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,233  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $40,547  
Commission
$1,007 - $44,698  
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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$23,558 - $75,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.16 - $19.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.59  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,233  
   
Commission
$1,007 - $44,698  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $40,547  
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).
)
$23,558 - $75,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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

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

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Advertising Sales Representatives' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Administrative Assistant. The typical income for an Administrative Assistant is $31K.

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Survey takers who work as Advertising Sales Representatives usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Sales, Account Sales, Advertising, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Advertising and Account Sales also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Advertising Sales Representative

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. Advertising Sales Representatives bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $46K on average.

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Experience Affects Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Sales
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Account Sales
up arrow 9%

Advertising
up arrow 13%

Customer Service
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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