Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents

Sell life, property, casualty, health, automotive, or other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as an independent broker, or be employed by an insurance company.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
336,740 1.2 % $30.48 $63,400 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.56 $16.45 $23.15 $35.10 $56.22
Annual Wage (2) $26,120 $34,230 $48,150 $73,010 $116,940


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 242,040 26.91 $30.47 $63,390
Insurance Carriers 81,480 7.04 $30.71 $63,880
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 2,230 1.16 $24.17 $50,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,140 0.11 $29.05 $60,420
Depository Credit Intermediation 1,910 0.11 $28.32 $58,910

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 242,040 26.91 $30.47 $63,390
Insurance Carriers 81,480 7.04 $30.71 $63,880
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 730 1.63 $37.16 $77,300
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 2,230 1.16 $24.17 $50,270
Other Financial Investment Activities 560 0.16 $32.43 $67,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 500 0.11 $44.31 $92,170
Outpatient Care Centers 440 0.07 $39.35 $81,840
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 160 0.02 $37.49 $77,990
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 730 1.63 $37.16 $77,300
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 160 0.06 $36.75 $76,440


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 29,790 2.82 1.09 $25.93 $53,930
California 28,500 1.99 0.77 $36.23 $75,360
Florida 23,660 3.25 1.26 $30.73 $63,910
New York 18,490 2.16 0.84 $38.00 $79,030
Pennsylvania 16,850 3.01 1.16 $35.96 $74,810




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 1,700 4.26 1.65 $28.04 $58,320
Louisiana 7,060 3.78 1.46 $25.22 $52,450
Missouri 9,680 3.71 1.44 $29.15 $60,640
Iowa 5,220 3.55 1.37 $24.42 $50,790
Colorado 7,720 3.47 1.34 $28.95 $60,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 1,270 2.80 1.09 $41.89 $87,130
Massachusetts 6,590 2.06 0.80 $39.05 $81,230
New York 18,490 2.16 0.84 $38.00 $79,030
California 28,500 1.99 0.77 $36.23 $75,360
Pennsylvania 16,850 3.01 1.16 $35.96 $74,810





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 10,870 2.99 1.16 $37.49 $77,970
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,640 1.67 0.65 $40.97 $85,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,960 2.06 0.80 $32.28 $67,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,800 3.72 1.44 $27.89 $58,010
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,880 3.77 1.46 $42.17 $87,720
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,730 2.17 0.84 $25.79 $53,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,700 2.52 0.97 $33.79 $70,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 5,470 3.16 1.22 $29.02 $60,370
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,010 3.93 1.52 $29.06 $60,440
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 4,990 5.79 2.24 $23.63 $49,150