Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
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Overview
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets. They sell securities to individuals, advise companies in search of investors, and conduct trades.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents are expected to grow by 6%, and should have about 38,800 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents are less likely to be automated than 87% of other careers.
Workforce size
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents, with 375,700 workers, form a larger workforce than 88% of careers.
Education
About 72% of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents have bachelor's degrees than 81% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents is higher than 73% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents.
This job's median $64KAll jobs' median $39K$77K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Note: The salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 30% of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents -- that's a smaller percentage than 54% of other jobs.
Gender of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents, the median men's salary was 32% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 15% of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents are minority, and 13% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (13%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 45% of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents, and 64% have company-sponsored health insurance (18% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 71% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (73%)
  • Consequence of Error (61%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (33%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents (BLS Salary Data)
$64K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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Note: The salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents (ACS)
Private for-profit (88.3%)
Private not-for-profit (1.6%)
Local government (0.1%)
State government (0.2%)
Federal government (0.3%)
Self-employed incorporated (3.9%)
Self-employed not incorporated (5.5%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$62K$63K$63K$42K$55K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Note: The salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Distribution: Salaries of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$64K$109K$64K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000$250,000Local governmentPrivateAll
Note: The salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents and gender

With 30% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 54% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
Men (70%)
Women (30%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, and the difference for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents tops that, with the median salary for men 32% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$53K$70K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 81% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents than for 71% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
White (83% )
Asian (7% )
Black (5% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$43K$46K$52K$64K$66K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KOtherBlackMultiracialWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents by nativity
$61K$62K$0$50K$100K$150KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents.

Education attained by securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents generally must have a bachelor’s degree to get an entry-level job. Courses in business, finance, accounting, or economics are important, especially for larger firms. Many firms hire summer interns before their last year of college, and those who are most successful are offered full-time jobs after they graduate.

Numerous agents eventually get a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), which is often a requirement for high-level positions in the securities industry. Because the MBA exposes students to real-world business practices, it can be a major asset for jobseekers. Employers often reward MBA holders with higher level positions, better compensation, and large signing bonuses.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

Brokers and investment bankers must register as representatives of their firm with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). To obtain the license, potential agents must pass a series of exams.

Many other licenses are available, each of which gives the holder the right to sell different investment products and services. Traders and some other sales representatives also need licenses, although these vary by firm and specialization. Financial services sales agents may need to be licensed, especially if they sell securities or insurance. Most firms offer training to help their employees pass the licensing exams.

Agents who are registered with FINRA must attend continuing education classes to keep their licenses. Courses consist of computer-based training on legal requirements or new financial products or services.

Although not always required, certification enhances professional standing and is recommended by employers. Brokers, investment bankers, and financial services sales agents can earn the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification, sponsored by the CFA Institute. To qualify for this certification, applicants need a bachelor’s degree or 4 years of related work experience and must pass three exams, which require several hundred hours of independent study. Applicants also must have an international passport. Exams cover subjects in accounting, economics, securities analysis, financial markets and instruments, corporate finance, asset valuation, and portfolio management. Applicants can take the exams while they are getting the required work experience.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents? Below we see the distribution of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents salaries based on the education attained. You may have noticed in the dashboard and elsewhere that BLS top-codes salaries. ACS also engages in a form of top-coding, but by looking at the broader field of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents and using the ACS, we are able to see some of the higher salaries and can give a better idea of the range of salaries for this field. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$33K$43K$47K$51K$72K$86K$88K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (1%)High School (7%)Some College (15%)Associate's Degree (5%)Bachelor's Degree (53%)Master's Degree (16%)Professional Deg/Doct (2%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

This table shows the college majors held by people working as securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

What jobs will most securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsPersonal financial advisorsFinancial managersChief executives and legislatorsFinancial analystsCustomer service representativesService sales representativesCredit counselors and loan officersMarketing and sales managersReal estate brokers and sales agentsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersRetail salespersonsWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesManagement analysts
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 11 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents as well as 1% of respondents after working as securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

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Prior jobs
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Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents typically do the following:

  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Offer advice on the purchase or sale of particular securities
  • Buy and sell securities, such as stocks and bonds
  • Buy and sell commodities, such as corn, oil, and gold
  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Analyze company finances to provide recommendations for public offerings, mergers, and acquisitions
  • Evaluate cost and revenue of agreements

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents deal with a wide range of products and clients. Agents spend much of the day interacting with people, whether selling stock to an individual or discussing the status of a merger deal with a company executive. The work is usually stressful because agents deal with large amounts of money and have time constraints.

A security or commodity can be traded in two ways: electronically or in an auction-style setting on the floor of an exchange market. Markets such as the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation system (NASDAQ) use vast computer networks rather than human traders to match buyers and sellers. Others, such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), rely on floor brokers to complete transactions.

The following are examples of types of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents:

Brokers sell securities and commodities directly to individual clients. They advise people on appropriate investments based on the client’s needs and financial ability. The people they advise may have very different levels of expertise in financial matters.

Finding clients is a large part of a broker’s job. They must create their own client base by calling from a list of potential clients. Some agents network by joining social groups, and others may rely on referrals from satisfied clients.

Investment bankers connect businesses that need money to finance their operations or expansion plans with investors who are interested in providing that funding. This process is called underwriting, and it is the main function of investment banks. The banks first sell their advisory services to help companies issue new stocks or bonds, and then the banks sell the issued securities to investors.

Some of the most important services that investment bankers provide are initial public offerings (IPOs), and mergers and acquisitions. An IPO is the process by which a company becomes open for public investment by issuing its first stock. Investment bankers must estimate how much the company is worth and ensure that it meets the legal requirements to become publicly traded.

Investment bankers also connect companies in mergers (when two companies join together) and acquisitions (when one company buys another). Investment bankers provide advice throughout the process to ensure that the transaction goes smoothly.

Investment banking sales agents and traders carry out buy and sell orders for stocks, bonds, and commodities from clients and make trades on behalf of the firm itself. Investment banks primarily employ these workers, although some work for commercial banks, hedge funds, and private equity groups. Because markets fluctuate so much, trading is a split-second decisionmaking process. Slight changes in the price of a trade can greatly affect its profitability, making the trader’s decision extremely important.

Floor brokers work directly on the floor—a large room where trading is done—of a securities or commodities exchange. After a trader places an order for a security, floor brokers negotiate the price, make the sale, and forward the purchase price to the trader.

Financial services sales agents consult on a wide variety of banking, securities, insurance, and related services to individuals and businesses, often catering the services to meet the client’s financial needs. They contact potential clients to explain their services, which may include the handling of checking accounts, loans, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, credit cards, and estate and retirement planning.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
To judge the profitability of potential deals, securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must have strong analytical skills. This includes computer programming skills which they use to analyze financial products.
Customer-service skills
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must be persuasive and make clients feel comfortable with the agent’s recommendations.
Decisionmaking skills
Investment banking traders must make split-second decisions, with large sums of money at stake.
Detail oriented
Investment bankers must pay close attention to the details of initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions because small changes can have large consequences.
Initiative
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must create their own client base by making “cold” sales calls to people to whom they have not been referred and to people not expecting the call.
Math skills
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents need to be familiar with mathematical tools, including investment formulas.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents was higher than 73% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $64KAll jobs' median $39K$91K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K

Note: The salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.

Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents are anticipated to grow by 6% over the next decade; 57% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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