Workers in this group sell goods and services or connect buyers with sellers in a specific market, such as real estate or securities.
Overall employment in sales occupations is projected to show little or no change from 2021 to 2031; this limited change is expected to result in a decrease of about 164,500 jobs over the decade. Nonetheless, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 1.9 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from replacement needs.
The median annual wage for this group was $30,600 in May 2021, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.
BLS employment projections, wage, and other data for related occupations not shown in the following table are available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page. Information highlighting physical demands, cognitive and mental requirements, and other qualifications for workers in this group are available in a BLS Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) profile.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2021 MEDIAN PAY|
|Advertising Sales Agents||
Advertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$52,340|
Cashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.
|No formal educational credential||$27,260|
|Insurance Sales Agents||
Insurance sales agents contact potential customers and sell one or more types of insurance.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$49,840|
Models pose for artists, photographers, and other clients to help advertise products.
|No formal educational credential||The annual wage is not available.|
|Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents||
Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$48,770|
|Retail Sales Workers||
Retail sales workers help customers find products they want and process customers’ payments.
|No formal educational credential||$29,180|
Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses.
|Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents||
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets.
Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$43,810|
|Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives||
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.
|See How to Become One||$62,890|
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Last Modified Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022