Insurance sales agents

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2019 Workforce
547k
Average Age
45.1
Estimated Job Growth
5.49%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$74,272
Average Male Salary
$97,239
Average Female Salary
$53,313

About

Insurance sales agents are most often employed by the Insurance carriers industry. The average yearly wage for Insurance sales agents was $74,272 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Insurance sales agents by wage are Physical therapists, Environmental scientists and specialists, including health, and Education administrators.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Insurance sales agents and on wages and locations for those in the field. Insurance carriers is the industry that employs the most Insurance sales agents, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Insurance sales agents, by average wage, is Agencies, brokerages, and other insurance related activities. Insurance sales agents are paid most in Fairfield, New Canaan, Wilton, Weston & Easton Towns PUMA, CT but are relatively concentrated in Knox County (East) PUMA, TN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$74,272
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,954

In 2019, Insurance sales agents earned an average of $74,272, $18,748 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Education administrators make somewhat more than Insurance sales agents while Physical therapists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Insurance sales agents as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.484
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Insurance sales agents had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.484, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Insurance sales agents (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Insurance sales agents.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Insurance sales agents, by number of employees, are Insurance carriers, Agencies, brokerages, and other insurance related activities, and Banking & related activities.

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Industries by Share

547k
2019 Workforce
± 18,128
14.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 4.23%

The number of people employed as Insurance sales agents has been growing at a rate of 14.9%, from 476,357 people in 2018 to 547,180 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Insurance sales agents employed by various industries. Insurance carriers employs the largest share of Insurance sales agents at  55.8%, followed by Agencies, brokerages, and other insurance related activities with 40.5% and Banking & related activities with 0.584%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Insurance sales agents in the US. The average age of male Insurance sales agents in the workforce is 46.6 and of female Insurance sales agents is 43.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Insurance sales agents is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

261k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 12,534
286k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 13,120

52.3% of Insurance sales agents are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Insurance sales agents.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Insurance sales agents
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

68.3% of Insurance sales agents are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.7% of Insurance sales agents, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Insurance sales agents.

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Age by Gender

46.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.723
43.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.61

The median age of Insurance sales agents is 45.1, and Male employees are generally 2.89 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Insurance sales agents from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Insurance sales agents is Business but a relatively high number of Insurance sales agents hold a major in Business.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Insurance sales agents from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Insurance sales agents need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Insurance sales agents need more than the average amount of Persuasion, Negotiation, and Mathematics.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Insurance Sales Agents from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Insurance Sales Agents are expected to see a growth of 5.49% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

5.49%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Insurance Sales Agents. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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