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How Much Does a Sales Associate Earn In The United States?

Sales Associate Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
$17,000
$33,000
$63,000
Sales associates in the United States make an average salary of $33,343 per year or $16.03 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $17,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $63,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, New Mexico, Nebraska, Louisiana, and Delaware provide the highest sales associate salaries.
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Where Sales Associates Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where sales associates earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Sales Associates Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a sales associate is roughly $33,343 per year, which boils down to $16.03 per hour. Interestingly enough, sales associates have the highest salaries in New York, NY at about $41,340 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in New York, NY is $18,000. Additionally, sales associates make more than the average salary in Washington, DC, Albuquerque, NM, Houston, TX, Chattanooga, TN, and Columbus, MS. On a more broad level, sales associate salaries are highest in New York, New Mexico, Nebraska, Louisiana, Delaware, Mississippi, and Alabama. On the contrary, Utah, North Dakota, and Idaho offer the lowest sales associate salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary
New York, NY
Salary Range27k - 62k$41k$41,340
Washington, DC
Salary Range27k - 62k$41k$41,013
Albuquerque, NM
Salary Range27k - 57k$39k$39,418
Houston, TX
Salary Range26k - 54k$38k$37,708

Chattanooga, TN

Salary Range26k - 53k$37k$37,241

Columbus, MS

Salary Range26k - 52k$37k$37,127
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range24k - 56k$37k$37,052

Richmond, IN

Salary Range24k - 55k$37k$36,621
Baltimore, MD
Salary Range23k - 54k$36k$35,518

Charleston, WV

Salary Range23k - 53k$36k$35,512
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$62k

High Paying Sales Associate Jobs

Which Companies Pay Sales Associates The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a sales associate, being employed by a company such as Google or Zendesk would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Check Point Software Technologies and Cvent also report highly competitive salaries for sales associates.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Google
Salary Range126k - 155k$140k$140,268
Zendesk
Salary Range122k - 158k$139k$139,113
Check Point Software Technologies
Salary Range118k - 148k$133k$132,726
Cvent
Salary Range119k - 142k$131k$130,776
RBS Securities
Salary Range90k - 184k$129k$129,194
HSBC North America Holdings
Salary Range120k - 135k$128k$128,012
MAPCO Express
Salary Range101k - 159k$127k$126,793
TD Securities
Salary Range87k - 172k$123k$123,039
Cox Enterprises
Salary Range93k - 159k$122k$122,333
Barclays Bank Delaware
Salary Range113k - 124k$119k$119,281
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    How Experience Affects Sales Associate Salaries

    The salary for a sales associate can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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