Occupational Employment Statistics


41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 2,050177$28.01/hr$11.85/hr$16.67/hr$25.48/hr$34.43/hr$45.64/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining60$33.77/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities22,230$31.01/hr
Financial Activities30$36.59/hr
Professional and Business Services2,060$27.88/hr
Education and Health Services30$34.72/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services120$37.41/hr
Public Administration40$32.81/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 190$27.25/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 290$29.12/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 500$27.10/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 630$30.61/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 800$28.10/hr-4.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 800$28.12/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 880$28.94/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,330$27.11/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,590$29.44/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,600$31.66/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 1,670$30.88/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 1,880$24.85/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 2,050$25.48/hr9.9%
Southwest Minnesota 2,060$30.15/hr4.9%
Southeast Minnesota 2,120$31.00/hr7.0%
Central Minnesota 3,200$28.42/hr12.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 22,620$32.92/hr3.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 24,410$32.62/hrN/A
Minnesota 33,060$31.44/hr5.8%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 5,450$38.19/hr4.4%
Insurance Sales Agents 7,120$29.76/hr9.0%
Advertising Sales Agents 2,710$26.37/hr-4.5%
Insurance Underwriters 1,620$31.27/hr-8.4%
Order Clerks 2,160$16.62/hr-4.4%
Retail Salespersons 87,430$12.38/hr-1.0%
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 9,470$39.36/hr4.0%
Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers N/AN/AN/A

  • Recommend products to customers, based on customers' needs and interests.
  • Answer customers' questions about products, prices, availability, product uses, and credit terms.
  • Contact regular and prospective customers to demonstrate products, explain product features, and solicit orders.
  • Identify prospective customers by using business directories, following leads from existing clients, participating in organizations and clubs, and attending trade shows and conferences.
  • Consult with clients after sales or contract signings to resolve problems and to provide ongoing support.
  • Consult with clients after sales or contract signings to resolve problems and to provide ongoing support.
  • Estimate or quote prices, credit or contract terms, warranties, and delivery dates.
  • Prepare drawings, estimates, and bids that meet specific customer needs.
  • Monitor market conditions, product innovations, and competitors' products, prices, and sales.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as preparing sales budgets and reports, keeping sales records, and filing expense account reports.