Sales & related occupations

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Total Workforce

14.9M

Average Age

39.8

Average Salary

$49,844

Average Male Salary

$65,795

Average Female Salary

$34,020

About

Sales & related occupations are most often employed by the Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores industry. The average yearly wage for Sales & related occupations was $49,844 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Sales & related occupations by wage are Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations, Military specific occupations, and Protective service 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 Spring Valley & Summerlin South PUMA, NV, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo & Laguna Hills Cities PUMA, CA, and Benton County PUMA, AR. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Sales & related occupations are Coastal Bend COG (Southeast) & Willacy County PUMA, TX, Webb CountyLaredo City (Central) PUMA, TX, and Edinburg City PUMA, TX.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Sales & related occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) 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 Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Sales & related occupations are paid most in Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Coastal Bend COG (Southeast) & Willacy County PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$49,844

AVERAGE SALARY

± $444

In 2018, Sales & related occupations earned an average of $49,844, $4,045 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations make somewhat more than Sales & related occupations while Military specific 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

0.55

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Sales & related occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.55, 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

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

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Industries by Share

14.9M

2018 Workforce

± 89,864

-0.114%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 0.855%

The number of people employed as Sales & related occupations has been declining at a rate of -0.114%, from 14,894,850 people in 2017 to 14,877,836 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Sales & related occupations employed by various industries. Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores employs the largest share of Sales & related occupations at  7.49%, followed by Restaurants & Food Services with 6.15% and General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters with 6.04%.

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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 38.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Sales & related occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

7.41M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 65,150

7.47M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 65,400

50.2% 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 (Non-Hispanic)

  2. White (Hispanic)

  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

64.7% of Sales & related occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11% of Sales & related occupations, White (Hispanic) 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

38.6

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.144

The median age of Sales & related occupations is 39.8, and Male employees are generally 2.55 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 Operation and Control, Management of Financial Resources, and Negotiation.

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