Sales & Office Occupations

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2020 Workforce
31.8M
Average Age
41.3
Average Salary
$44,646
Average Male Salary
$59,750
Average Female Salary
$35,871

About

Sales & Office Occupations are most often employed by the Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores industry. The average yearly wage for Sales & Office Occupations was $44,646 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Sales & Office Occupations by wage are Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations, Production, Transportation, & Material Moving Occupations, and Military specific occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Sales & Office Occupations are Norman, Oklahoma City (South) & Moore Cities PUMA, OK, Walton, Washington, Holmes & Bay Counties PUMA, FL, and Cedar Rapids City PUMA, IA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Sales & Office Occupations are Doral, Sweetwater Cities & Fontainebleau PUMA, FL, Bayamón Municipio (OEste) PUMA, PR, and Carr 852-Carr 185 PUMA, PR.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Sales & Office Occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores is the industry that employs the most Sales & Office Occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Sales & Office Occupations, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Sales & Office Occupations are paid most in Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Doral, Sweetwater Cities & Fontainebleau PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$44,646
AVERAGE SALARY
± $241

In 2020, Sales & Office Occupations earned an average of $44,646, $11,308 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Natural resources, construction, & maintenance occupations make somewhat more than Sales & Office Occupations while Production, Transportation, & Material Moving Occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Sales & Office Occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.471
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Sales & Office Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.471, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Sales & Office Occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Sales & Office Occupations.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

31.8M
2020 Workforce
± 122,703
−1.31%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 0.55%

The number of people employed as Sales & Office Occupations has been declining at a rate of −1.31%, from 32,223,351 people in 2019 to 31,800,923 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Sales & Office Occupations employed by various industries. Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores employs the largest share of Sales & Office Occupations at  4.23%, followed by General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters with 3.92% and Restaurants & Food Services with 3.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Sales & Office Occupations in the US. The average age of male Sales & Office Occupations in the workforce is 40.6 and of female Sales & Office Occupations is 41.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Sales & Office Occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

11.7M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 80,552
20.1M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 102,368

63.3% of Sales & Office Occupations are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Sales & Office Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Sales & Office Occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

63.3% of Sales & Office Occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.1% of Sales & Office Occupations, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Sales & Office Occupations.

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Age by Sex

40.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.109
41.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.0844

The median age of Sales & Office Occupations is 41.3, and Male employees are generally 1.1 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Sales & Office Occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Sales & Office Occupations is Business but a relatively high number of Sales & Office Occupations hold a major in Business.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Sales & Office Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sales & Office Occupations need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Sales & Office Occupations need more than the average amount of Negotiation, Persuasion, and Speaking.

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