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77. Outside Sales Representative

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Outside Sales Representative
Median pay: $63,300
Top pay: $98,300
10-year job growth: 16.4%
Total jobs*: 400,000
What they do all day? These door-to-door sales reps hit the pavement hard, building relationships with prospective customers and maintaining existing ones. They know the market intimately, keep track of the hottest products -- and keep track of their competitors' specs. Their salary is often commission-based so the harder they hustle, the more they earn. --J.A.

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Published: October 29, 2012
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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