Sales Trainer Salary (United States)

The average Sales Trainer in the United States earns approximately $58,638 per year. Pay starts at $31,561 and can approach $94,191 per year on the higher side. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Sales Trainers—as high as $15,673, $11,562 and $50K, respectively—each contribute to the degree of variability within cash compensation, ranging from $36,315 to $88,327. Residency and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,315 - $88,327
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Sales Trainer Salary (?
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$8.23 - $27.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$36,315 - $88,327  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,673  
Profit Sharing
$824 - $11,562  
Commission
$2,791 - $50,167  
Total Pay (?
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$31,561 - $94,191  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 522
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$8.23 - $27.49  
   
Overtime
$11.95 - $49.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,673  
   
Commission
$2,791 - $50,167  
Profit Sharing
$824 - $11,562  
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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$31,561 - $94,191  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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Job Description for Sales Trainer

Sales trainers are responsible for all aspects of training a sales force within their organization. They work with the sales training staff to create effective training methods, which includes developing curricula for training classes and creating training material such as video and computer training courses. Sales trainers may also design more interactive training methods, such as mock call sessions and direct supervision of live sales calls. Once training methods are created, sales trainers implement the training with sales teams. After training, sales trainers monitor the progress of the sales force to determine which training techniques are most effective and which need improvement.
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Sales Trainer Tasks
  • Responsible for the training and development of inside sales staffs on product knowledge, sales tool usage and sales skills.
  • Develops new tools, programs to accelerate the learning curves of the sales staff.

Common Career Paths for Sales Trainer

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While not commonly found, Sales Trainers who move on to become Sales Training Managers bring in an additional $18,607 annually. Sales Trainers can earn $10,672 or $16,317 more per year when they move into roles as Training & Development Managers or District Sales Managers, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for Sales Trainer

Sales Trainers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Training Program Development, Facilitator, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales Management and Sales. For most people, competency in Sales indicates knowledge of Training Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Sales Trainer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Sales Trainers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries start at $49K, which grows to $61K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $65K. Wages continue to improve for Sales Trainers after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, a majority land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$59,000
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With a pay rate for Sales Trainers that is 48 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Sales Trainers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+23 percent), New York (+22 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Chicago (-10 percent and -8 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Sales Trainer Salaries

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$59,000

Skills That Affect Sales Trainer Salaries

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$59,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 16%
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