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Sales salaries in the UK: what can you expect?
Sales professionals, depending on their role, sell products and services to customers or directly to businesses. Skilled in relationship building, research and, of course, selling, sales specialists are excellent communicators, confident, resilient, self-motivated and competitive. Working hours are typically long but remuneration can be very rewarding.
A career in sales can present many opportunities. The core skills and abilities of a sales professional can be translated into various roles. Fast moving and dynamic, sales careers are available within most industry sectors. The average sales salary within the UK varies greatly depending on the level of the position, the industry and region the roles are based.
In addition to the variety of industry sectors and locations sales jobs can be found, the types of jobs a sales professional might pursue are also very broad. You may find yourself working as an inside sales rep/sales executive, an outside sales representative, account manager, sales engineer or a sales manager to name a few. The way in which remuneration is paid is also different between roles and organisations. Wages may comprise a straight commission based payment or salary plus commission, therefore, it is very difficult to ascertain the overall average salary for a sales professional.
According to data from PayScale, an outside sales rep can earn an average of up to £2,936 more than an inside sales rep. The UK average for a sales consultant is listed as £19,943; £19,000 for an entry level professional and up to £25,000 for those with 10-20 years’ experience. In London, the average salary is higher again, £22,498; £23,000 at entry level and up to £50,000 with 20 years’ experience. Looking at sales roles within different industries, a pharmaceuticals sales representative can expect an average of £39,780 which highlights the significant differences among industries.
Average sales salaries are most reliable when calculated by the region and specific sector of the role. To more accurately benchmark your salary or determine the salary you can expect in your next role, use our Salary Comparison Tool.
Career options for sales professionals
- Account Executive
- Account Manager
- Area Sales Manager
- Business Development Director
- Business Development Executive
- Business Development Manager
- Commercial Director
- Customer Sales Assistant
- Director of Sales
- Head of Resales
- Head of Sales
- National Account Manager
- Regional Sales Manager
- Sales Director
- Sales Engineer
- Sales Executive
- Sales Manager
- Sales Specialist
- Senior Sales Leader
- Technical Sales Engineer
We have sales career opportunities right across the UK from Bristol to Leeds, these roles can be found across most industries and we currently have positions available in the following sectors:
- Facilities management
- Property and Construction
If you would like to speak to one of our specialist consultants about your salary in the current market, get in touch today. After benchmarking your salary with our Salary Comparison Tool, be sure to browse the sales roles we have available.