Sales & related occupations

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Total Workforce

14.9M

Average Age

39.7

Estimated Job Growth

2.91%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$48,790

Average Male Salary

$64,867

Average Female Salary

$32,925

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Sales & related occupations are most often employed by the Grocery Stores industry. The average yearly wage for Sales & related occupations was $48,790 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Sales & related occupations by wage are Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations, Protective service occupations, and Military specific occupations.

Sales & related occupations are part of the Sales & related occupations, along with Sales & related occupations

The top 3 locations that employ the most Sales & related occupations are Henderson City (West) PUMA, NV, Lake View & Lincoln Park PUMA, IL, and Norman, Oklahoma City (South) & Moore Cities PUMA, OK. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Sales & related occupations are Carr 2-Carr 100 PUMA, PR, Aventura City & Surfside Town PUMA, FL, and Pharr, San Juan & Hidalgo Cities PUMA, TX.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Sales & related occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Grocery Stores is the industry that employs the most Sales & related occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Sales & related occupations, by average wage, is Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments. Sales & related occupations are paid most in Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Carr 2-Carr 100 PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,790

AVERAGE SALARY

± $435

In 2017, Sales & related occupations earned an average of $48,790, $3,275 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Protective service occupations make somewhat more than Sales & related occupations while Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Sales & related occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.553

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Sales & related occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.553, which is higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Sales & related occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Sales & related occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Sales & related occupations

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Sales & related occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Sales & related occupations, by number of employees, are Grocery Stores, Department stores & discount stores, and Restaurants & Food Services.

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Industries by Share

14.9M

2017 Workforce

± 89,849

-1.07%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 0.859%

The number of people employed as Sales & related occupations has been declining at a rate of -1.07%, from 15,055,830 people in 2016 to 14,894,850 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Sales & related occupations employed by various industries. Grocery Stores employs the largest share of Sales & related occupations at  8.89%, followed by Department stores & discount stores with 7.33% and Restaurants & Food Services with 6.1%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Sales & related occupations in the US. The average age of male Sales & related occupations in the workforce is 41.1 and of female Sales & related occupations is 38.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Sales & related occupations is White.

Gender Composition

7.4M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 65,085

7.5M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 65,494

50.3% of Sales & related occupations are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Sales & related occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Sales & related occupations

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

75.5% of Sales & related occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11% of Sales & related occupations, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Sales & related occupations.

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Age by Gender

41.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.138

38.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.142

The median age of Sales & related occupations is 39.7, and Male employees are generally 2.8 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Sales & related occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Sales & related occupations is Business but a relatively high number of Sales & related occupations hold a major in Business.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Sales & related occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sales & related occupations need many skills, but most especially Persuasion, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Sales & related occupations need more than the average amount of Persuasion, Service Orientation, and Negotiation.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Sales & related occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Sales & related occupations are expected to see a growth of 2.91% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

2.91%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Sales & related occupations. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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