Advertising sales agents

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
143k
Average Age
41.5
Estimated Job Growth
−6.47%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$82,871
Average Male Salary
$91,365
Average Female Salary
$75,118

About

Advertising sales agents are most often employed by the Advertising, public relations & related services industry. The average yearly wage for Advertising sales agents was $82,871 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Advertising sales agents by wage are Atmospheric & space scientists, Compliance officers, and Radiation therapists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Advertising sales agents are Upper East Side PUMA, NY, Murray Hill, Gramercy & Stuyvesant Town PUMA, NY, and Near North Side, Loop & Near South Side PUMA, IL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Advertising sales agents are Murray Hill, Gramercy & Stuyvesant Town PUMA, NY, Upper East Side PUMA, NY, and Near North Side, Loop & Near South Side PUMA, IL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Advertising sales agents and on wages and locations for those in the field. Advertising, public relations & related services is the industry that employs the most Advertising sales agents, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Advertising sales agents, by average wage, is Professional & commercial equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers. Advertising sales agents are paid most in Peabody City, Danvers, Reading, North Reading & Lynnfield Towns PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Murray Hill, Gramercy & Stuyvesant Town PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$82,871
AVERAGE SALARY
± $5,910

In 2020, Advertising sales agents earned an average of $82,871, $26,917 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Atmospheric & space scientists make somewhat more than Advertising sales agents while Compliance officers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Advertising sales agents as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.461
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Advertising sales agents had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.461, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Advertising 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 Advertising sales agents.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

143k
2020 Workforce
± 9,273
−6.24%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9.64%

The number of people employed as Advertising sales agents has been declining at a rate of −6.24%, from 152,296 people in 2019 to 142,799 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Advertising sales agents employed by various industries. Advertising, public relations & related services employs the largest share of Advertising sales agents at  38.4%, followed by Broadcasting (except internet) with 23.2% and Periodical, book, & directory publishers with 10.8%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Advertising sales agents in the US. The average age of male Advertising sales agents in the workforce is 42 and of female Advertising sales agents is 41.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Advertising sales agents is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

68.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,408
74.7k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,706

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

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Race & Ethnicity

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

75.7% of Advertising sales agents are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.23% of Advertising sales agents, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Advertising sales agents.

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Age by Sex

42
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.3
41.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.2

The median age of Advertising sales agents is 41.5, and Male employees are generally 0.849 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Skills

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

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Advertising Sales Agents from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Advertising Sales Agents are expected to see a growth of −6.47% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−6.47%
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 Advertising Sales Agents. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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