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Sales managers earned a median salary of $105,260 in 2012, according to the BLS. The best-paid made more than $187,199, while the worst-paid made about $52,950. The field’s most highly compensated managers usually work for companies specializing in securities and commodity exchanges and brokerages and other financial services firms. The highest earners work in the metropolitan areas of New York City, San Jose, Calif., and Wilmington, Del.

Job Salary Year
2004 $100,600.00
2006 $111,120.00
2008 $121,740.00
2010 $114,110.00
2012 $119,980.00

Average Sales Manager Pay vs. All Business Jobs

Sales managers are well compensated for their work, earning an average salary of $119,980 in 2012. Sales managers generally earn much higher pay than other business jobs, such as sales representatives ($64,300), insurance sales agents ($63,400) and real estate sales agents ($51,930).

Job Name Salary
Marketing Manager $119,480.00
Financial Manager $109,740.00
Sales Manager $105,260.00
Business Operations Manager $95,440.00
Sales Representative $54,230.00

Best Paying Cities for Sales Managers

The highest paid in the sales manager profession work in the metropolitan areas of New York City, San Jose, Calif., and Wilmington, Del. The Lowell, Mass. area also pays well, as does the city of Nassau, N.Y.

New York City

Average Salary: $180,910 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sales manager working in New York City is $180,910, which is $75,650 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $167,660 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sales manager working in San Jose, Calif. is $167,660, which is $62,400 more than the average pay in the profession.

Wilmington, Del.

Average Salary: $159,320 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sales manager working in Wilmington, Del. is $159,320, which is $54,060 more than the average pay in the profession.

Lowell, Mass.

Average Salary: $158,430 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sales manager working in Lowell, Mass. is $158,430, which is $53,170 more than the average pay in the profession.

Nassau, N.Y.

Average Salary: $157,190 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sales manager working in Nassau, N.Y. is $157,190, which is $51,930 more than the average pay in the profession.

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