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Overview
Sales managers direct sales teams. They set sales goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for organizations’ sales representatives.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for sales managers are expected to grow by 8%, and should have about 36,400 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Sales managers are less likely to be automated than 91% of other careers.
Workforce size
Sales managers, with 385,500 workers, form a larger workforce than 89% of careers.
Education
About 70% of marketing and sales managers have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by marketing and sales managers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More marketing and sales managers have bachelor's degrees than 80% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for sales managers is higher than 97% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most sales managers.
This job's median $124KAll jobs' median $39K$118K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Note: The salaries for sales managers 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 44% of marketing and sales managers -- that's a larger percentage than 58% of other jobs.
Gender of marketing and sales managers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For marketing and sales managers, the median men's salary was 30% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 13% of marketing and sales managers are minority, and 11% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of marketing and sales managers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (11%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Sales Managers 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 53% of marketing and sales managers, and 73% have company-sponsored health insurance (17% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for marketing and sales managers
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 70% 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 sales managers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (52%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (41%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (39%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do marketing and sales managers 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. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group marketing and sales managers, which combines the data for 2 careers, including sales managers. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for sales managers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for sales managers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for sales managers (BLS Salary Data)
$124K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
$124K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Note: The salaries for sales managers 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. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all marketing and sales managers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for marketing and sales managers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for marketing and sales managers (ACS Salary Data)
$74K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
$74K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
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 sales managers 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 Marketing and sales managers (ACS)
Private for-profit (89.4%)
Private not-for-profit (4.9%)
Local government (0.6%)
State government (0.7%)
Federal government (0.3%)
Self-employed incorporated (2.3%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.8%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of marketing and sales managers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of marketing and sales managers, which combines the 2 specialties for this career.
$74K$77K$62K$42K$59K$63K$70K$81K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Note: The salaries for sales managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Distribution: Salaries of sales managers 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. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty sales managers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$124K$89K$87K$124K$75K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000$250,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Note: The salaries for sales managers 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 marketing and sales managers

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.

$90K$82K$91K$89K$85K$68K$51K$32K$89K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KSalary distribution20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
050K100K150KNumber employed20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

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
Marketing and sales managers and gender

With 44% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 58% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Marketing and sales managers
Men (56%)
Women (44%)
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 marketing and sales managers tops that, with the median salary for men 30% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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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. Marketing and sales managers 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 79% 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 marketing and sales managers

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 marketing and sales managers than for 79% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of marketing and sales managers
White (85% )
Asian (6% )
Black (5% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
13%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
11%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for marketing and sales managers 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.

$57K$58K$59K$63K$66K$76K$77K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KHispanicOtherAmerican IndianBlackMultiracialWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for marketing and sales managers by nativity
$74K$77K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

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 sales managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), sales managers 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 marketing and sales managers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for marketing and sales managers.

Education attained by marketing and sales managers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for sales managers

Sales managers are typically required to have a bachelor’s degree, although some positions may only require a high school diploma. Courses in business law, management, economics, accounting, finance, mathematics, marketing, and statistics are advantageous.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for marketing and sales managers? Below we see the distribution of marketing and sales managers 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 marketing and sales managers 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 marketing and sales managers, 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.

$49K$56K$65K$63K$77K$100K$94K$104K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (1%)High School (7%)Some College (15%)Associate's Degree (6%)Bachelor's Degree (52%)Master's Degree (17%)Professional Deg/Doct (1%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by marketing and sales managers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as marketing and sales managers. 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 Marketing and sales managers 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
13.0%
$0$200K$60K
8.0%
$0$200K$63K
6.8%
$0$200K$56K
3.1%
$0$200K$73K
2.8%
$0$200K$53K
2.7%
$0$200K$72K
2.5%
$0$200K$57K
2.0%
$0$200K$67K
1.8%
$0$200K$60K
1.6%
$0$200K$97K
1.4%
$0$200K$63K
1.4%
$0$200K$89K
1.4%
$0$200K$51K
1.2%
$0$200K$87K
1.1%
$0$200K$54K
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 marketing and sales managers, 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 marketing and sales managers given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Marketing and sales managersManagers (specialized areas)Wholesale and manufacturing sales representativesFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersRetail salespersonsMarket research analysts and marketing specialistsCustomer service representativesFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersService sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersElementary and middle school teachersLawyers, judges, and magistratesPostsecondary teachersSecondary school teachersEducation administratorsEditorsWriters and authorsManagement analystsPersonal financial advisorsCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsPhysicians and surgeonsFinancial analystsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsCredit counselors and loan officersNews analysts, reporters and correspondentsPublic Relations SpecialistsProducers and directorsMarketingBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessCommunicationsEnglish Language andLiteratureEconomicsPsychologyFinancePolitical Science andGovernmentJournalismAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for marketing and sales managers

What jobs will most marketing and sales managers 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 marketing and sales managers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Marketing and sales managersManagers (specialized areas)Wholesale and manufacturing sales representativesMarket research analysts and marketing specialistsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersGeneral and operations managersChief executives and legislatorsRetail salespersonsCustomer service representativesService sales representativesAdvertising sales agents
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for marketing and sales managers

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 marketing and sales managers as well as 1% of respondents after working as marketing and sales managers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for marketing and sales managers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Retail salespersons
676,200
$0$200K$31K
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
197,500
$0$200K$61K
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
Service sales representatives
131,900
$0$200K$57K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
78,300
$0$200K$63K
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
Advertising sales agents
18,000
$0$200K$53K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for marketing and sales managers: full listings

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

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for marketing and sales managers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Retail salespersons
676,200
$0$200K$31K
1.9%
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
1.3%
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
1.6%
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
197,500
$0$200K$61K
5.2%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
3.9%
Service sales representatives
131,900
$0$200K$57K
2.0%
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
1.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
4.8%
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
78,300
$0$200K$63K
4.2%
Marketing and sales managers
57,800
$0$200K$74K
36.8%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
3.4%
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
1.9%
Advertising sales agents
18,000
$0$200K$53K
1.1%
No occupation
4.8%
Read about sales managers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Sales managers typically do the following:

  • Resolve customer complaints regarding sales and service
  • Prepare budgets and approve expenditures
  • Monitor customer preferences to determine the focus of sales efforts
  • Analyze sales statistics
  • Project sales and determine the profitability of products and services
  • Determine discount rates or special pricing plans
  • Develop plans to acquire new customers or clients through direct sales techniques, cold calling, and business-to-business marketing visits
  • Assign sales territories and set sales quotas
  • Plan and coordinate training programs for sales staff

Sales managers’ responsibilities vary with the size of their organizations. However, most sales managers direct the distribution of goods and services by assigning sales territories, setting sales goals, and establishing training programs for the organization’s sales representatives.

Sales managers recruit, hire, and train new members of the sales staff, including retail sales workers and wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives.

Sales managers advise sales representatives on ways to improve their sales performance. In large multiproduct organizations, they oversee regional and local sales managers and their staffs.

Sales managers also stay in contact with dealers and distributors. They analyze sales statistics generated from their staff to determine the sales potential and inventory requirements of products and stores and to monitor customers' preferences.

Sales managers work closely with managers from other departments in the organization. For example, the marketing department identifies new customers that the sales department can target. The relationship between these two departments is critical to helping an organization expand its client base. Sales managers also work closely with research and design departments because they know customers’ preferences, and with warehousing departments because they know inventory needs.

Sales managers are increasingly using data on customer shopping habits to identify potential customers more effectively. This allows them more time to facilitate sales through customized sales pitches to individual customers.

The following are examples of types of sales managers:

Business to business (B2B) sales managers oversee sales from one business to another. These managers may work for a manufacturer selling to a wholesaler, or a wholesaler selling to a retailer. Examples of these workers include sales managers overseeing sales of software to business firms, and sales managers overseeing wholesale food sales to grocery stores.

Business to consumer (B2C) sales managers oversee direct sales between businesses and individual consumers. These managers typically work in retail settings. Examples of these workers include sales managers of automobile dealerships and department stores.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of sales managers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Sales managers must collect and interpret complex data to target the most promising geographic areas and demographic groups, and determine the most effective sales strategies.
Communication skills
Sales managers need to work with colleagues and customers, so they must be able to communicate clearly.
Customer-service skills
When helping to make a sale, sales managers must listen and respond to the customer’s needs.
Leadership skills
Sales managers must be able to evaluate how their sales staff performs and must develop strategies for meeting sales goals.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for sales managers
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for sales managers was higher than 97% 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 $124KAll jobs' median $39K$111K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K

Note: The salaries for sales managers 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 sales managers are anticipated to grow by 8% over the next decade; 43% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for sales managers 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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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
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 sales managers? 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 sales managers. 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.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all marketing and sales managers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Sales Managers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where sales managers 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 marketing and sales managers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for marketing and sales managers.

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. The ACS salaries are for all marketing and sales managers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Sales Managers to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which sales managers 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.
Select a state to see local area details
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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 Marketing and sales managers (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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