Sales Administrator Salary
Job Description for Sales Administrator
Sales administrators give clerical support to the sales team. They perform a number of duties focusing on customer satisfaction and coordinating sales team activities. They track reports, file invoices, forward phone calls, greet customers, schedule appointments, follow up on sales calls, and help make sales. They also handle light bookkeeping responsibilities. Sales administrators often act as a link between the customer and the sales team. In that capacity, their duties include preparing multiple types of sales documents and producing related reports. When the sales team is out of the office, sales administrators manage their schedules and create proposals and other needed sales documents. This position primarily works in an office setting during regular business hours; however, overtime may be required during a peak or busy season.Read More...
Sales administrators must have the ability to multitask, be able to maintain good customer relations, and keep detailed records of the interactions with clients. Employers look for candidates that are organized, flexible, and professional. Sales administrators also must have excellent time management and communication skills; they also should have a good understanding of math and be able to operate basic office equipment such as computers and printers. Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent along with prior experience as a secretary or receptionist. An associate's or bachelor’s degree in business or a similar discipline may be preferred.
Sales Administrator Tasks
- Administer and coordinate the promotion and sale of company parts and products.
- Manage, track and reconcile merchandise, premiums and collateral.
- Assist in determining vendor availability, pricing and service of replacement parts, shipment discrepancies, product information and product inspections.
- Prepare, administer and coordinate customer and dealer quotations, proposals, bids, orders, contracts and specifications in an efficient manner.
Common Career Paths for Sales Administrator
For Sales Administrators, progressing to a Sales Operations Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Sales Operations Manager can earn $72K annually. More often than not, a Sales Coordinator role is the next step for Sales Administrators moving up in the field. Pay for Sales Coordinators is usually $36K. Many Sales Administrators choose to take on an Executive Assistant role instead, where salaries are typically $46K.
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Popular Skills for Sales Administrator
Sales Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Contract Management, Salesforce, Sales Administration, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Sales as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Executive Support and Data Entry also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Microsoft Office.
Pay by Experience Level for Sales Administrator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Sales Administrators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. Sales Administrators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $48K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Sales Administrators, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Sales Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+33 percent), New York (+21 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Diego, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Atlanta and Salt Lake City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.
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