Advertising Sales Representative Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Advertising Sales Representatives — over a third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $39K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women make up a slight majority of Advertising Sales Representatives (57 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,318 - $58,995

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$8.08 - $17.05

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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
$20,318 - $58,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,672  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $30,000  
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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$22,006 - $77,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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
$8.08 - $17.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.09  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,672  
   
Commission
$1,007 - $44,698  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $30,000  
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).
)
$22,006 - $77,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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Survey takers who work as Advertising Sales Representatives typically report just a few 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. On average, Advertising Sales Representatives make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $48K.

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Experience Affects Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Advertising Sales Representative Salaries

Sales
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Account Sales
up arrow 7%

Advertising
up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 25%
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