Employment in sales and related occupations is projected to show little or no change, with a loss of about 202,900 jobs from 2020 to 2030. Sales workers in the services and wholesale sectors will continue to be in demand because these occupations remain critical in building and maintaining customer bases for businesses. Rising levels of e-commerce will depress employment growth in some of these occupations in the retail sector.
The median annual wage for sales and related occupations was $31,500 in May 2020, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
BLS provides summary data, including employment projections, for sales occupations not shown in the table on this page. That information is available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page.
|Occupation||Job Summary||Entry-Level Education||2020 MEDIAN PAY|
|Advertising Sales Agents||
Advertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$54,940|
Cashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.
|No formal educational credential||$25,020|
|Insurance Sales Agents||
Insurance sales agents contact potential customers and sell one or more types of insurance.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$52,180|
Models pose for artists, photographers, and other clients to help advertise products.
|No formal educational credential||$31,910|
|Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents||
Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$51,220|
|Retail Sales Workers||
Retail sales workers help customers find products they want and process customers’ payments.
|No formal educational credential||$27,320|
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||$42,350|
|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||$65,420|
Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021