What does a Director of Sales do?

Sales managers are responsible for leading sales teams to reach sales targets. Sales managers are primarily tasked with hiring and training team members, setting quotas, evaluating and adjusting performance, and developing processes that drive sales. Sales managers are oftentimes expected to travel.

Sales managers usually need a Bachelor's degree in business or a related field. Additionally, sales managers typically need to have several years of experience in sales prior to becoming a manager. Oftentimes, sales managers are promoted into sales director positions. The best sales managers have strong analytical skills, excellent leadership abilities, and exceptional customer service skills.

What responsibilities are common for Director of Sales jobs?
  • Recruit, hire, and train sales team
  • Set sales goals, compare performance to goals, and adjust goals as needed
  • Assess current team processes and procedures, identify opportunities for improvement, and implement them
  • Develop individual quotas and assign territories for team members
  • Provide detailed and accurate sales forecasts
  • Coach, mentor, and provide feedback to team members
  • Foster a competitive yet collaborative team environment
  • Assess individual performance through observation and measurement, and suggest corrective actions as needed
What are the typical qualifications for Director of Sales jobs?
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Communications, or related field
  • 5 years of experience in sales
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to lead a team to meet quotas
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Experience setting sales goals
  • Results-oriented with strong analytical skills
  • Deep understanding of CRM systems and best practices
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Director of Sales Salaries

Average Base Pay

$114,897 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$72K
Median: $115K
$184K
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Director of Sales Career Path

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Director of Sales
$114,897/yr
Senior Director of Sales
$129,768/yr
Director of Sales

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
3%
2 - 4
26%
5 - 7
34%
8+
37%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Director of Sales Insights

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Sales Manager
Feb 24, 2021

“Working with smart and diverse colleagues really helps with challenging me to grow personally and in my career”

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Oct 13, 2022

“Everything is ok and I am happy here and getting a good salary and bonus from every deal I close”

Brinton Pharmaceuticals
National Sales Manager
Sept 29, 2021

“Incentive for each colleague is excellent and very unique which is best in Pharma industry.”

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Apr 27, 2021

“down makes this an exciting and fun place to grow your talents and establish a meaningful career.”

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Mar 7, 2021

“One of the investors was genuinely interested in my success and was able provide amazing coaching both professionally and personally.”

Boux AvenueBoux Avenue
Sales Team Manager
May 28, 2021

“Store manager is amazing and so supportive and really helps you to fill your full potential.”

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Retail Sales Manager
Jul 28, 2021

“I liked the team of associates I had and the discount for products and salon was nice.”

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Oct 3, 2022

“Plateaued in my role and had an amazing career growth oppty elsewhere are the only reasons I left”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of sales managers

During a typical day, a sales manager deals with the distribution of a company's products to its customers. To do this, they establish sales territories and set quotas. Each day they spend time coordinating with a sales team, developing strategies to help the team operate efficiently, and identifying new customers to target.

Job growth for sales managers is expected to remain strong, especially for those who work for brick-and-mortar stores. An advantage of working as a sales manager is that many individuals are promoted from positions as sales representatives, purchasing agents, and buyers. They're rewarded for their hard work and promoted to manager.

Sales managers do earn a good salary, although the amount varies depending on where they live and how many years of experience they have. The average annual base salary of a sales manager is $114,897 in the United States, but those who have more experience can make up to $183,586.

One of the hardest parts about working as a sales manager is that it's a high-stress job. Sales managers might work long hours, including weekends, especially when deadlines approach. Since sales managers are in charge of a team, they might also have sales team members that fail to meet quotas.

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