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August 16, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Careers in sales

Selected sales occupations, employment and median annual wage, May 2010
Occupation Employment Median annual wage

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

1,367,210 $52,440

Sales representatives, services, all other

531,410 $50,620

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

381,080 $73,710

Insurance sales agents

318,800 $46,770

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

276,290 $70,190

Real estate sales agents

153,740 $40,030

Advertising sales agents

145,160 $45,350

Sales engineers

66,060 $87,390

Real estate brokers

41,210 $54,910

These data are featured in the TED article, Careers in sales.



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