6 years ago
February 15, 2018

6 Crucial Questions to Ask About Your Salary Before Accepting That Sales Job

Salary is a very important factor when considering a sales job offer. However, many candidates fail to ask sales recruiters questions about compensation. They don’t want to seem too pushy…

Rhys Metler

Salary is a very important factor when considering a sales job offer. However, many candidates fail to ask sales recruiters questions about compensation. They don’t want to seem too pushy or too driven by money. They don’t want to give the wrong impression.

The truth is, asking about compensation is a good thing. If you don’t, you could be leaving money on the table when you accept the job. The salary outlined in job ads is often negotiable, and if you don’t inquire about it, you could be doing yourself a disservice.

Here are 6 crucial questions you should ask about compensation before accepting a new sales position:

1. Is salary negotiable?

This is the first question you should ask during the compensation conversation. It gives you a good idea of how much wiggle room there is within the stated salary range. Many companies are willing to negotiate on salary if they believe you are a good candidate.

2. Is there a sign on bonus?

Many sales companies will offer a sign on bonus to lure you away from your current company. Some companies don’t offer it unless you ask about it. The signing bonus amount varies and may also be negotiable.

3. Are there performance bonuses?

Many sales companies offer annual performance bonuses. Ask about how they work, when they are paid out and how the performance bonus system works. Some companies offer a lower annual salary with higher performance bonuses. Some are capped and others are not.

4. Is there commission?

A commission is common in sales. Many companies offer a lower base salary and commission on the sales you close. Commission gives you the opportunity to make money in alignment with your ability to sell. Ask about the commission rates, structure, and payment schedule.

5. What is the compensation structure for my position?

Understanding your position level and compensation grade allows you to see how much room for growth there is and where your salary will be capped. Requesting a higher starting salary may limit your ability to get a raise in the future.

6. Are there annual raises? How much?

Every company treats raises differently. Most companies offer annual raises, but how much you get will depend on many things, such as employee reviews and performance.

More Salary Tips and Information from Sales Recruiters

Learn more about compensation in the sales industry by reading:

Top 5 Common Ways Sales Professionals Are Paid

5 Common Misconceptions About Sales Compensation

4 Types of Sales Commission Plans


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Rhys Metler

Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.