Advertising Sales Representative Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $39K, nearly two in five of overall earnings for Advertising Sales Representatives arrives through commissions. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Advertising Sales Representatives (57 percent) survey respondents. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, close to one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,340 - $58,901
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$59K
MEDIAN: $35,201
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90%

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$8.08 - $17.05
(Median)
$8
$11
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$20,340 - $58,901  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,585  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $30,000  
Commission
$1,030 - $50,418  
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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$22,075 - $77,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.08 - $17.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.09  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,585  
   
Commission
$1,030 - $50,418  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $30,000  
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).
)
$22,075 - $77,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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.

Common Career Paths for Advertising Sales Representative


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Advertising Sales Representatives may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Administrative Assistant. That position usually brings in $31K.

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Advertising Sales Representatives report a narrow range of 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. Advertising Sales Representatives with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Advertising Sales Representatives who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $48K.

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Experience Affects Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Sales
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Account Sales
up arrow 7%

Advertising
up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 25%
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