Sales Representative Statistics in the US

The average employee age for sales representatives is 46 years. The sales representative workforce reached a whopping 1,548,259 in 2020!

Among sales representatives, we discovered that 41.9% of them are women, while 54.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among sales representatives is White, which makes up 76.2% of all sales representatives. Comparatively, there are 13.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 4.7% of the Asian ethnicity. The majority of sales representatives are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Sales representatives are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, sales representatives are more likely to find a job in the retail industry. Looking at sales representative statistics, we found was that Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Delaware are where sales representatives find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about sales representative demographics? We analyzed 443,599 sales representatives resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Sales Representative Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as sales representatives. Keep reading to find out what the results for sales representatives were.

Sales Representative Gender Ratio

Among sales representatives, 41.9% of them are women compared to 54.0% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 54.0%
  • Female, 41.9%
  • Unknown, 4.1%

Sales Representative Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among sales representatives is White, which makes up 76.2% of all sales representatives. Comparatively, there are 13.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 4.7% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 76.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.4%
  • Asian, 4.7%
  • Black or African American, 3.9%
  • Unknown, 1.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Sales Representatives

The chart below shows that 65.1% of sales representatives speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 7.0% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 3.0%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 65.1%
  • French, 7.0%
  • Chinese, 3.0%
  • Portuguese, 3.0%
  • Mandarin, 2.8%
  • Other, 19.1%

Sales Representative Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among sales representatives.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Sales Representative Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the sales representative position over time.

Male
Female
77%
75%
72%
70%
67%
65%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Sales Representative Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of sales representatives changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of sales representatives based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Sales Representative

By looking over 443,599 sales representatives resumes, we figured out that the average sales representative enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Sales Representative Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of sales representative employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of sales representatives is 40+ years old, which represents 68% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Sales Representatives with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, outside parts sales and factory representative have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Avon Sales Representative9%87%
Avon Representative9%87%
Inside Sales Assistant22%74%
Sales Representative54%42%
Commercial Equipment And Supplies Sales Representative85%10%
Factory Representative86%10%
Outside Parts Sales88%9%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Outside Parts Sales
Factory Representative
Commercial Equipment And Supplies Sales Representative
Sales Representative
Inside Sales Assistant
Avon Representative
Avon Sales Representative
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Sales Representatives with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to sales representatives.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Cashier/Courtesy Clerk7.47%
Sales Representative10.18%
Shopper11.11%
Sales Support Supervisor11.59%
Produce Sales Associate11.77%
Sales Floor Team Leader15.91%
Advertising Sales Assistant16.88%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Sales Representative?

male-income
Male Income
$46,725
female-income
Female Income
$43,994

Sales Representative Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and White women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$54,901
$52,662
$50,422
$48,182
$45,942
$43,702
$41,463
$39,223
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Sales Representative Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$46,714
Some College/ Associate Degree$50,422
Bachelor's Degree$65,251
Master's Degree$75,853

Sales Representative Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$84,617
$75,853
$67,089
$58,326
$49,562
$40,798
$32,035
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Sales Representative Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a sales representative can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of sales representatives is $127,320. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Sales Representatives Earn The Most?

The map here shows where sales representatives earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Sales Representatives Located?

By looking through more than 443,599 resumes, we found that the most popular places for sales representatives are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Number of Sales Representatives

Where Are Sales Representatives In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country sales representatives are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Sales Representative Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ sales representatives. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most sales representatives is the retail industry.

What Percentage Of Sales Representative Jobs Are Remote?

1.9% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

98.1% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire sales representatives.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Sales Representative Work In

Employees with the sales representative job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most sales representatives prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Public

Private

Government

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ sales representatives. Those industries include retail, manufacturing and technology.

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Retail

Fortune 500

Technology

Manufacturing

Professional

Sales Representative Jobs