Advertising Sales Representative Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, 51 percent of Advertising Sales Representatives report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $39,112 per year on average. Compensation ranges from $23,393 on the low end to $77,484 per year on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While 23 percent report receiving no health benefits, 74 percent do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Advertising Sales Representatives—the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Advertising Sales Representative Salary (?
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$20,676 - $60,139
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Advertising Sales Representative Salary (?
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$8.07 - $17.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$20,676 - $60,139  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,300  
Profit Sharing
$1,900 - $18,000  
Commission
$2,397 - $40,963  
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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$23,393 - $77,484  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $17.05  
   
Overtime
$1.45 - $21.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,300  
   
Commission
$2,397 - $40,963  
Profit Sharing
$1,900 - $18,000  
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).
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$23,393 - $77,484  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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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Additional career progression may actually lead to a steep pay cut for Advertising Sales Representatives. Typically, those who move into an Administrative Assistant role will bring in a much lower salary.

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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.
Starting out, salaries fall in the $36K range but grow to $45K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $42K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Advertising Sales Representatives tend to earn $45K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Austin
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National Average
$39,000
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Advertising Sales Representatives, 86 percent higher than the national average. Advertising Sales Representatives will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+11 percent).

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Experience Affects Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Sales
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National Average
$39,000
Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
60%
female alumni
 
Male
40%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 23%
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