Companies and Cities That Offer the Highest-Paying Sales Jobs

Wish you could find a new job that pays six figures? You can stop dreaming. Find out which companies offer the best opportunities.

Companies and Cities That Offer the Highest-Paying Sales Jobs Photo (cc) by citirecruitment

Wish you could find a new job or career that pays six figures but doesn’t require an advanced degree? You can stop dreaming.

Start practicing your sales pitch, though.

A new report from job-review website Glassdoor shows that employees can earn $100,000 or more working in account and corporate sales.

Scott Dobroski, a Glassdoor spokesperson, tells CBS MoneyWatch:

“The good news is there’s a wide experience level to become qualified for an entry-level salesperson. If you can sell a product and sell to a niche market, you are in a good position to become an account executive.”

The pay for such positions is based on commission, however. Dobroski says that means the pay isn’t guaranteed:

“If you aren’t closing, your whole livelihood is going to stink.”

Technology is the niche market to master for the best-paying job opportunities. All of the companies on Glassdoor’s list of the 10 best-paying employers for sales jobs are in the tech sector.

At the highest-paying company for sales jobs — German multinational software company SAP — the median total pay is $235,000, while the base pay is $110,000.

Median total pay in the top 10 ranges from $235,000 to $150,000. Companies that made the list are:

  • SAP
  • Cisco
  • CA Technologies
  • EMC Squared
  • Symantec
  • Microsoft
  • Salesforce
  • Adobe
  • Avaya
  • IBM

Meanwhile, median pay ranges from $127,500 (in San Jose, California) to $84,000 (in Dallas-Fort Worth) in the metropolitan areas with the best-paying sales jobs. Cities that made the list are:

  • San Jose
  • San Francisco
  • Boston
  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Houston
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Dallas-Fort Worth

To view all 84 cities ranked, click here.

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Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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