Four Of The Highest Paying Sales Jobs


You can make a lot of money in sales. Actually, you will make a lot of money in sales if you stick with us! Stay curious, keep learning, experiment with different selling styles and the money will follow.

Let’s take a look at some of the highest paying sales jobs and how to land one.

Whether you’re in sales already or are looking to make a complete career change, the perfect sales job for you is out there. According to this data, these are some of the highest paying sales jobs out there. Go get ’em!

1. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

Common positions in this field are Stockbrokers and Investment Bankers. These people buy and sell a wide variety of securities (i.e. stocks and bonds) or commodities (i.e. oil and gold) for clients or financial institutions. They also watch financial markets nationally and globally to recognize trends and to make the most money based off of the buying and selling within the market.

Top securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents make upwards of $100,000 per year. Because of the specialized nature of this job, most stockbrokers have a bachelor’s degree. Stockbrokers interested in rising in the ranks often have an MBA, or are pursuing one.

2. Sales Engineers

Sales Engineers sell scientific and technological products or services to businesses. They are just like any other salesperson in that they still have to persuade a business or an individual to buy the product they are selling, but they are also experts in the field and have complex knowledge of the field they are involved in.

Top sales engineers can earn more than $90,000 per year. So if you have a background in a science and/or technology, a lot of sales engineers have bachelor’s degrees in a related field, or at the very least they have related technical experience.

3. Sales Representatives: Wholesale and Manufacturing

Sales Representatives in wholesale and manufacturing handle the in-between from manufacturers to consumers by selling to the businesses and government agencies that use their employer’s products or services. A lot of training for these positions is done on the job, which is helpful for people looking to make a change or for recent college graduates to get a start in the industry.

The median salary for these types of positions sits right around $60,000 per year. Depending on the market that you are working in (e.g., a technical or scientific field) you stand to earn a higher salary.

4. Advertising Sales

Finally, we have advertising sales. Advertising Sales Agents sell advertising space, either within a specific company or as part of an agency servicing a wide variety of clients. This may include selling advertising space within radio, television, and published works such as magazines and newspapers.

Unlike the other sales positions on this list, the typical education for an entry-level advertising sales agent is a high school diploma. This is a great first sales job and can open the doors to other sales positions. Advertising sales agents earn around $50,000 per year.


There’s no reason why you can’t make the switch to earn more out of your career. A lot of these jobs require specialized experience, but extensive training in sales and a background in a related field could be enough for you to get your foot in the door.

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Kayla Kozan

Kayla Kozan

Director of Marketing at Ideal
Kayla spent the last few years studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship on 3 different continents. Now covering the latest in predictive analytics, workplace diversity and big data. She has a keen interest in tech and discovering underrated brunch spots.
Kayla Kozan


  • aquecosas

    Interesting, I think it really depends on what company you are working for. I had an advertising sales job and I got totally screwed by the company. They changed my commission structure from 13% to 3% sometimes 2% just because they wanted. Of course I left and they had to return the Magazine I was working for as they could not sell anything. I wish I could have a job where I’m appreciated as I have always excelled in everything I do.

    • Hey there, thanks for your comment!

      You are correct these industries are in high demand but vary business to business.

      I would recommend becoming a candidate on our sales job-matching platform ( to be matched with roles that are a better fit for your skillset! Best of luck.


  • I’ve been in sales many years and I think advertising sales will grow with Digital Media. The print advertising will be harder to sell very soon.

    • That’s an interesting insight. It makes sense to me… I guess time will tell!