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Advertising Sales Representative Salary

The median total income of Advertising Sales Representatives is around $39K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (more than a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — approximately one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Women make up a slight majority of Advertising Sales Representatives (58 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,004 - $57,934
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$58K
MEDIAN: $35,106
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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
$20,004 - $57,934  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,270  
Profit Sharing
$3,537 - $30,521  
Commission
$1,600 - $47,500  
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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$22,417 - $76,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
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
$8.14 - $17.38  
   
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 - $23,270  
   
Commission
$1,600 - $47,500  
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).
)
$22,417 - $76,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 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 usually report a few specific skills. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Customer Service, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Advertising Sales Representative

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Advertising Sales Representatives make a median salary of $41K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $48K on average.

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Experience Affects Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Sales
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%
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