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13. Sales Managers

Average annual salary: $116,860
Current employment: 328,230

Sales managers are responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the distribution of products and services to corporate clients or customers. The position also involves understanding the marketplace, analyzing sales statistics and monitoring customer preferences.

In order to become an entry level sales manager it highly beneficial to have a bachelor’s degree. However, it is not required by all firms.

California employs the most sales managers with 53,190 employees or 3.79 sales managers per 1000 jobs, while New York has the highest annual average wage at $169,710 for its 15,730 employees.

This number is greatly influenced by the New York Metropolitan area which has the highest annual average wage for cities at $179,210.

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