Sales and Related Occupation Profiles


The Sales and Related occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 22 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Fast Facts: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 14,536,530 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $40,560.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Sales and Related group’s mean hourly wage of $19.50, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $40,560.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment Category—Retail Salespersons—4,528,550
Smallest Employment Category—Models—4,390

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

What’s Hot:  Jumping to the top of the Best Paid in the group are Sales Engineers, who average $108,880, followed by Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents at $102,260. Retail Salespersons are the largest category with 4,528,550 employees, with a mean annual wage of $27,180.

What’s Not: The Cashiers at $21,680, Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers at $25,940 and the somewhat controversial Telemarketers group at $27,170 top the Least Paid list. Retail Salespersons continue to be the largest category with 4,528,550 employees, with a mean annual wage of $27,180.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.