Advertising Sales Representative Salary (United States)

For Advertising Sales Representatives, commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to roughly two-fifths of their $39,112 annual pay. Pay generally spreads from $23,393 to $77,484 per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field—about one-fourth—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Advertising Sales Representative Salary (?
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$20,676 - $60,139
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MEDIAN: $34,727
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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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Advertising Sales Representatives can actually expect a hefty downturn in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Administrative Assistant will oftentimes offer a much smaller salary than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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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.
Workers new to the field can expect to earn $36K, increasing to $45K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $42K after one to two decades. Advertising Sales Representatives experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $45K. 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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Austin
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National Average
$39,000
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For Advertising Sales Representatives, New York provides a pay rate that is 86 percent greater 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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$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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