Window salesmen work for window manufacturers or wholesalers. They typically call on home owners who need to upgrade their windows. Many window salesmen sell door-to-door. They often take appointments that are set up by those presetting leads in their companies' sales offices. These sales professionals can use samples, catalogs and price lists to demonstrate their windows. Subsequently, they write up orders and distribute them to their sales offices. Window salesmen usually earn annual salaries or commissions.
Average Annual Salary
Window salesmen earned average annual salaries of $56,000, according to June 2011 data from Simplyhired.com, an online job and reference site. They may earn commissions and bonuses on top of their salaries. However, some of these workers are strictly commission-based. Whatever the case, their overall average earnings are in the mid-$50,000 range. Window salesmen usually receive typical corporate benefits such as health and life insurance, vacation and holiday pay, sick leave and 401(k) plans.
Salary by State
Window salesmens' salaries vary considerable by state. For example, those in New York earned some of the highest average annual salaries at $66,000, according to Simplyhired.com. Higher salaries in New York were largely driven by the average salaries in New York City: $71,000 per year. Those in Illinois also earned relatively high salaries at $59,000 per year. These sales workers earned somewhat lower salaries in California at $44,000 per year. And those in Florida and Arizona each earned average salaries of $36,000 per year.
Education, Qualifications and Salary
Window salesmen salaries are highly contingent upon their experience and qualifications. Many sales reps in general have bachelor's degrees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They also have excellent communication and persuasive skills. Window salesmen's success and salaries can also be contingent upon their sales training because many manufacturing and wholesale companies offer formal training programs. Drive and ambition is also important characteristics for success.
Job Outlook and Salary
Jobs for salespeople, including window sales, are expected to increase 7 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to 2009 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The increase in jobs can positively impact a window salesperson's salary, as can an increase in construction and the economy. People are more likely to remodel homes and upgrade windows during economic boom periods. They have more disposable income and generally are more secure about their jobs.
2016 Salary Information for Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives earned a median annual salary of $61,270 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives earned a 25th percentile salary of $42,360, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $89,010, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 1,813,500 people were employed in the U.S. as wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition: Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing; December 2009
- Simply Hired: Average Window Salesman Salaries; June 2011
- CareerPlanner.com: Job Description and Jobs for: "Door-To-Door Salesworker, News and Street Vendors "
- Simply Hired: Average Window Salesman Salaries: New York and California; June 2011
- Simply Hired: Average Window Salesman Salaries: Iowa and Florida; June 2011
- Simply Hired: Average Window Salesman Salaries: Illinois and Arizona; June 2011
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
- Career Trend: Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
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