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Advertising Sales Representative Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Advertising Sales Representatives comes from commissions — around two in five on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $39K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While about a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Women Advertising Sales Representatives who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,537 - $57,152
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$57K
MEDIAN: $35,193
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90%

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$8.16 - $17.30
(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
$19,537 - $57,152  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,781  
Profit Sharing
$1,900 - $18,000  
Commission
$1,973 - $44,019  
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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$22,246 - $76,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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
$8.16 - $17.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.36  
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 - $20,781  
   
Commission
$1,973 - $44,019  
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).
)
$22,246 - $76,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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 who move into an Administrative Assistant role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Administrative Assistants earn $31K.

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Advertising Sales Representatives usually report a few specific skills. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Advertising Sales Representative

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. Advertising Sales Representatives who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $46K.

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Experience Affects Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Sales
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%