Advertising Sales Representative Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (over a third on average) of overall compensation for Advertising Sales Representatives, and the median take-home for this group lies near $40K. Total incomes of Advertising Sales Representatives incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $29K from bonuses and close to $41K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $24K and $76K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,464 - $59,600
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,880
10%
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90%

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$8.16 - $19.15
(Median)
$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$20,464 - $59,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,233  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $40,547  
Commission
$1,007 - $44,698  
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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$23,558 - $75,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.16 - $19.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,233  
   
Commission
$1,007 - $44,698  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $40,547  
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).
)
$23,558 - $75,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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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Compensation may take a strong hit for Advertising Sales Representatives who move to positions like Administrative Assistant. Administrative Assistants usually make $31K.

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Advertising Sales Representatives who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Advertising Sales Representatives who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $46K on average.

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Experience Affects Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Sales
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Account Sales
up arrow 9%

Advertising
up arrow 13%

Customer Service
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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