Employment of sales and related occupations is projected to grow 3 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 458,700 new jobs. Sales workers in the services and wholesale sectors will continue to be in demand because these occupations remain critical in building and maintaining customer bases for businesses. Rising levels of E-commerce will depress employment growth in the retail sector, where the number of cashiers is projected to decline slightly.

The median annual wage for sales and related occupations was $27,020 in May 2017, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
Advertising Sales AgentsHigh school diploma or equivalent$49,680
CashiersNo formal educational credential$21,030
Insurance Sales AgentsHigh school diploma or equivalent$49,710
ModelsNo formal educational credential$22,900
Real Estate Brokers and Sales AgentsHigh school diploma or equivalent$47,880
Retail Sales WorkersNo formal educational credential$23,370
Sales EngineersBachelor's degree$98,720
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales AgentsBachelor's degree$63,780
Travel AgentsHigh school diploma or equivalent$36,990
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives$60,340
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sales Occupations, on the Internet at