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Advertising Sales Representative Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Advertising Sales Representatives (more than a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $39K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,951 - $57,661
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$58K
MEDIAN: $34,960
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90%

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$8.14 - $17.38
(Median)
$8
$12
$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
$19,951 - $57,661  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,585  
Profit Sharing
$3,537 - $30,521  
Commission
$1,208 - $49,643  
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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$21,905 - $76,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285
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.
)
$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $17.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.59  
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
$1,208 - $49,643  
Profit Sharing
$3,537 - $30,521  
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).
)
$21,905 - $76,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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 often transition into a Administrative Assistant position. Administrative Assistants report a slightly lower median income of $31K.

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Advertising Sales Representatives who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Sales, Advertising, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Customer Service and Advertising as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Advertising Sales Representative

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. Advertising Sales Representatives claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $48K on average.

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Experience Affects Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Sales
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Advertising
up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%
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