Sales and Related Occupation Profiles


The Sales and Related occupation profiles below include specific information about the nature of the work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs.

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Fast Facts: As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 14,336,430 employed in the Sales and Related occupational group earning the mean annual income of $36,080.

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What’s Hot: As of 2008, “Retail Salespersons” with 4,426,280 employees averaging $25,050, represented one of the biggest categories in any occupational group. At the top of the Best Paid in the Sales and Related group were “Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents” at an annual average of $92,050 and the technical sales people, “Sales Engineers,” who averaged $89,770 per year.

What’s Not: The “Cashiers” ($18,880), “Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers” ($22,890), “Counter and Rental Clerks” ($24,430) and the somewhat infamous “Telemarketers” group ($24,770) top the Least Paid list.

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