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Working As A Sales Manager

  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Sales Manager Do

Sales managers direct organizations' sales teams. They set sales goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for organizations’ sales representatives.

Duties

Sales managers typically do the following:

  • Resolve customer complaints regarding sales and service
  • Prepare budgets and approve expenditures
  • Monitor customer preferences to determine the focus of sales efforts
  • Analyze sales statistics
  • Project sales and determine the profitability of products and services
  • Determine discount rates or special pricing plans
  • Develop plans to acquire new customers or clients through direct sales techniques, cold calling, and business-to-business marketing visits
  • Assign sales territories and set sales quotas
  • Plan and coordinate training programs for sales staff

Sales managers’ responsibilities vary with the size of their organizations. However, most sales managers direct the distribution of goods and services by assigning sales territories, setting sales goals, and establishing training programs for the organization’s sales representatives.

Some sales managers recruit, hire, and train new members of the sales staff. For more information about sales workers, see the profiles on retail sales workers and wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives.

Sales managers advise sales representatives on ways to improve their sales performance. In large multiproduct organizations, they oversee regional and local sales managers and their staffs.

Sales managers also stay in contact with dealers and distributors. They analyze sales statistics generated from their staff to determine the sales potential and inventory requirements of products and stores and to monitor customers' preferences.

Sales managers work closely with managers from other departments in the organization. For example, the marketing department identifies new customers that the sales department can target. The relationship between these two departments is critical to helping an organization expand its client base. Sales managers also work closely with research and design departments because they know customers’ preferences, and with warehousing departments because they know inventory needs.

The following are examples of types of sales managers:

Business to business (B2B) sales managers oversee sales from one business to another. These managers may work for a manufacturer selling to a wholesaler, or a wholesaler selling to a retailer. Examples of these workers include sales managers overseeing sales of software to business firms, and sales managers overseeing wholesale food sales to grocery stores.

Business to consumer (B2C) sales managers oversee direct sales between businesses and individual consumers. These managers typically work in retail settings. Examples of these workers include sales managers of automobile dealerships and department stores.

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How To Become A Sales Manager

Most sales managers have a bachelor’s degree and work experience as a sales representative.

Education

Most sales managers have a bachelor’s degree, although some have a master’s degree. Educational requirements are less strict for job candidates who have significant work experience. Courses in business law, management, economics, accounting, finance, mathematics, marketing, and statistics are advantageous.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Work experience is typically required for someone to become a sales manager. The preferred duration varies, but employers usually seek candidates who have at least 1 to 5 years of experience in sales.

Sales managers typically enter the occupation from other sales and related occupations, such as sales representatives or purchasing agents. In small organizations, the number of sales manager positions often is limited, so advancement for sales workers usually comes slowly. In large organizations, promotion may occur more quickly.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Sales managers must collect and interpret complex data to target the most promising geographic areas and demographic groups, and determine the most effective sales strategies.

Communication skills. Sales managers need to work with colleagues and customers, so they must be able to communicate clearly.

Customer-service skills. When helping to make a sale, sales managers must listen and respond to the customer’s needs.

Leadership skills. Sales managers must be able to evaluate how their sales staff performs and must develop strategies for meeting sales goals.

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Average Length of Employment
Sales Manager 4.0 years
Sales Team Manager 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Sales Manager
Manager 5.9%
Owner 3.4%
Cashier 3.1%
Top Careers After Sales Manager
Owner 5.5%
Manager 5.4%

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Sales Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

63.4%

Female

28.9%

Unknown

7.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.1%

French

8.6%

Portuguese

5.0%

Chinese

4.0%

German

3.9%

Russian

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Italian

3.2%

Japanese

2.1%

Korean

1.9%

Cantonese

1.2%

Hindi

1.1%

Urdu

0.8%

Polish

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Carrier

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Turkish

0.5%
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Sales Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.1%

Michigan State University

5.9%

Arizona State University

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Florida State University

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.0%

Miami Dade College

4.0%

The Academy

3.8%

Temple University

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%

San Diego State University

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

University of South Florida

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

Johnson & Wales University

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

40.2%

Marketing

9.4%

Management

5.7%

Communication

5.3%

Psychology

4.1%

Finance

4.0%

Accounting

3.4%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Political Science

2.7%

General Studies

2.4%

General Sales

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Hospitality Management

2.2%

Computer Science

2.0%

Economics

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

English

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

1.7%

History

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.5%

Other

26.6%

Masters

11.0%

Associate

10.5%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$49,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$146,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Luxottica
Highest Paying City
Denver, CO
Highest Paying State
Nebraska
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Sales Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Sales Manager in the United States is $85,159 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $146,000.

Real Sales Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Sales Manager Ezops Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Nov 18, 2016 $233,355
Sales Manager 4 Capgemini America Inc. New York, NY Jun 30, 2016 $229,382
Sales Manager 4 Capgemini America Inc. New York, NY Jun 29, 2016 $229,382
Sales Manager HCL America Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jan 20, 2015 $222,352
Sales Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 15, 2015 $212,514
Sales Manager Agreeya Mobility Inc. Frisco, TX Dec 04, 2016 $210,000
Sales Manager Transnational Foods, Inc. Miami, FL Jul 25, 2016 $210,000
Sales Strategy Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 11, 2015 $208,062
Sales Strategy Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 07, 2016 $207,100
Sales Manager Google Inc. Cambridge, MA Dec 31, 2015 $200,000
Sales Manager Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Jul 28, 2015 $189,218
Sales Manager 4 Capgemini America Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 30, 2016 $186,514 -
$200,000
Manager Sales Igate Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 17, 2016 $118,400
Sales Managers Igate Technologies Inc. Iselin, NJ Apr 30, 2016 $117,200
Sales Manager-II HCL America, Inc. Bedminster, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $117,166 -
$137,000
Sales Manager-Airtech Flsmidth Inc. Bethlehem, PA Sep 01, 2015 $116,500
Sales Manager Tech Mahindra (Americas) Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 30, 2016 $116,189
Sales Manager (Projects) Dockwise USA, LLC Houston, TX Aug 09, 2016 $115,200
Sales Manager, Options Associated Foreign Exchange, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 12, 2015 $115,000
Sales Excellence Manager Microsoft Corporation Chevy Chase, MD Aug 27, 2016 $115,000
Manager, Sales Tools Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Jun 28, 2016 $89,465
Manager Sales UST Global Inc. Chicago, IL Mar 14, 2016 $89,250
Latin America Export Sales Manager Indiana Packers Corporation Delphi, IN Jun 13, 2016 $88,858
Sales Manager Indegene Healthcare, LLC Kennesaw, GA Jun 09, 2016 $88,000
Pork Sales Manager Swift Beef Comany, A JBS USA Subsidiary San Antonio, TX Sep 15, 2015 $88,000
Pork Sales Manager Swift Beef Comany, A JBS USA Subsidiary Fort Worth, TX Jan 09, 2016 $88,000
Sales Manager Indegene Healthcare, LLC Kennesaw, GA Nov 09, 2016 $88,000
Sales Manager Cutrite Surgical Supply, Inc. Edison, NJ Sep 21, 2016 $88,000

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Top Skills for A Sales Manager

  1. Product Knowledge
  2. Customer Service
  3. Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide resourceful industry and product knowledge to clients while surpassing customer expectations and building relationships through attention to detail.
  • Recognized and rewarded outstanding work performance to cultivate a positive and collaborative customer service culture.
  • Perform sales floor work such as greeting and assisting customers, re-pricing price tags on inventory and receiving inventory when required.
  • Provided effective leadership through motivation and mentoring sales staff
  • Organized and conducted sales calls, market research and development in order to recruit new clients and expand sales contracts.

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