Best Entry Level Sales Jobs 2022

2 months ago   •   10 min read

By Bravado Staff

Earn over $100,000 even with no experience with these 15 sales jobs.

Highest Paying Entry Level Sales Jobs Table

It's no secret that experienced sales reps can earn a lot of money. But what about the entry level salespeople? Can a new salesperson right out of college earn a ton of cash in sales, and if so, at which companies?

Bravado analyzed over ten thousand compensation data points to find which companies and roles offer the highest paying entry level sales opportunities.

We ranked the best entry level sales jobs by highest average total compensation package, which is based on the sum of base salary, commission at 100% of quota, and signing and stock bonus.

How do I get an entry level sales job?

There are several different ways you could find yourself landing one of these top entry level sales jobs. Some of the best ways to break in include employee referrals, networking with the hiring manager, and connecting with the recruiters. Make sure your resume is tailored towards sales roles and your LinkedIn profile lists your relevant skills and experience. Regardless of which method you pursue, you'll need patience and persistence due to the high volume of candidates applying for these coveted jobs.

What do entry level salespeople do?

An entry level salesperson will typically start in a role known as a sales development representative, also known as an SDR (note: other companies might refer to an SDR as a BDR, MDR, ADR, DGR, etc.). An SDR's typical daily job responsibilities include cold calling, cold emailing, social selling via LinkedIn, and market and customer research for the Account Executive team. The main objective of the SDR role is to source qualified opportunities for the Account Executives that the SDR supports. In layman's terms, this means setting as many relevant meetings as possible for the Account Executives. Successful SDR's generally move up into an SMB Account Executive role after 1-2 years, which can pay over $150,000 per year at some companies.

Here are the 15 Best Entry Level Sales Jobs in 2022

The following entry level sales jobs do not require any sales experience. Our data shows most of the people in these jobs have 0-2 years experience.

The figures in this report represent the median for each respective position.

1. Amazon Web Services - Demand Generation Representative

  • Total Compensation: $139,000
  • Base salary: $74,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $19,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $46,000

The AWS Demand Generation Representative role, also known as an Associate Account Executive or Lead Development Representative at AWS, is the highest paid entry level sales job in the United States. The enormous median signing and stock bonus of $46,000 and generous base salary of $74,000 makes it easy for AWS Demand Generation Reps to top this list.

AWS Demand Generation Reps are responsible for building quality pipeline and sending quality leads to the Account Managers who end up closing the deals. You'll work within a defined list of accounts to generate qualified leads via cold calls and cold emails specifically for AWS's cloud services platform solutions. DGR's won't have much of an issue setting quality meetings because of AWS's stellar reputation in the cloud market.

AWS Associate Account Executives are typically based in Arlington, VA, Austin, TX, or Seattle, WA.

Like all of the other big tech companies, AWS's sales training is top of the line and geared towards setting you up for a long term career in sales. If you succeed in this role, you can move into a closing role as an account manager, where you'll be able to earn upwards of $500,000.

2. Google Cloud - Customer Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $121,000
  • Base salary: $70,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $30,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $21,000

Google Cloud's Customer Development Representatives earn the third highest median base salary out of all entry level sales jobs in the US, but because of a solid commission potential and signing plus stock bonus they rank second overall on our list.

CDR's at Google Cloud lead the charge on outbound prospecting into potential customers who could be a match for Google Cloud's booming cloud platform. Your job will entail outbound calling, emailing, and LinkedIn outreach.

Google Cloud, based in Mountain View, CA, has CDR's located in New York City, Austin, and other big tech hubs.

Google Cloud's Account Executives are some of the highest paid in the Tech Sales industry, which is the next step up for high performing CDR's.

3. LiveRamp - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $118,000
  • Base salary: $55,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $55,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $8,000

LiveRamp Sales Development Representatives rank number three on our list of best entry level sales jobs for 2022. The role offers the highest median commission potential at $55,000 for hitting your yearly goal.

LiveRamp Sales Development Representatives (SDR's), cold call and cold email companies to drive interest in LiveRamp's data connectivity platform. When they've developed a strong enough lead, the SDR will pass the lead off to the LiveRamp Account Executive that they are aligned to and the Account Executive will close the deal.

LiveRamp, headquartered in San Francisco, has Sales Development Representatives located in both San Francisco and New York City.

If the $118,000 compensation package at an entry level isn't a strong enough incentive for you, if you get promoted into a LiveRamp Account Executive role you can earn upwards of $300,000.

4. Lacework - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $107,500
  • Base salary: $68,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $22,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $17,500

Sales Development Representatives at Lacework see an average total compensation package of $107,500, ranking them 4th overall on the list.

Lacework Sales Development Representatives (SDR's) are paid by Lacework to consistently bring the Account Executives leads who are interested in the company's up and coming cloud security platform. To find these leads, you'll be tasked with outbound phone and email prospecting.

The San Jose based Lacework has SDR's located across the US, from San Jose to Boston.

Lacework's SDR program is an excellent starting point for someone interested in cloud cybersecurity, and the top performers from the program will move onto lucrative account executive roles.

5. Zoom - Business Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $105,000
  • Base salary: $46,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $37,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $22,000

Zoom, the video conferencing giant, offers the fifth highest paid entry level sales job with its Business Development Representative role. The generous signing and stock bonus puts Zoom's entry level role as the fifth best on our list for 2022.

As a Business Development Representative at Zoom, which is headquartered in San Francisco (although BDR roles exist in other offices such as Denver, CO), you'll be required to find and qualify leads for the video conferencing platform and pass these off to the Account Executives who will finish off the sales cycle. To find these leads, you'll be responsible for both inbound and outbound prospecting with cold calls and cold emails.

If you do well in the BDR role at Zoom, you'll be able to move up into an SMB Account Executive role, which pays around $149,000 per year.

6. Sprinklr - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $104,000
  • Base salary: $58,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $41,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $5,000

Sprinklr Sales Development Representatives earn a strong average commission potential at $41,000, good for fourth on our list of variable earning potential, and the solid $58,000 base salary and $5,000 signing and stock bonus nets them sixth overall on our list of highest paying beginner sales roles.

Sprinklr SDR's generate new potential selling opportunities for the Sprinklr Customer Experience platform. Once a new opportunity has been sufficiently identified, the lead is passed to the account executive who ultimately quarterbacks and seals the deal.

Based in New York City, Sprinklr has SDR's across the US, including new tech hubs like Austin.

The Account Executive role at Sprinklr, which can pay up to $500,000 at the senior AE levels, is the final stop on the ladder in the Sprinklr sales hierarchy.

7. League - Business Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $102,000
  • Base salary: $56,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $37,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $9,000

League Business Development Representatives clock in at seventh on the list with a $102,000 median total annual compensation package.

League BDR's call on healthcare companies looking to transform, digitize, and modernize their healthcare consumer experience. They'll not only call, but also prospect in other ways such as cold email and social media outreach to key executives at target companies.

The Toronto headquartered League hires BDR's not just in Canada but in the US as well, namely Chicago.

The next stop after BDR at League is a six figure Account Executive role.

8. Aviatrix - Account Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $102,000
  • Base salary: $74,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $23,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $5,000

Aviatrix offers Sales Development Representatives (SDR's) a $102,000 average compensation package. This is the eighth highest paid entry level position available in 2022.

Aviatrix, the enterprise cloud networking provider, relies on their Sales Development Representatives to bring the Account Executives warm leads from new and existing customers. SDR's at Aviatrix will develop these leads via phone, email, and LinkedIn.

Aviatrix, which calls Santa Clara home, has SDR's located in San Francisco, Dallas, and more.

SDR's at Aviatrix go on to be some of the best paid Account Executives.

9. Quantum Metric - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $102,000
  • Base salary: $57,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $44,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $1,000

Quantum Metric, the product development startup, shows how to attract top talent by offering a whopping $102,000 average compensation package to their entry level Sales Development Representatives.

SDR's at Quantum Metric outbound prospect into potential customers who could benefit from their innovative continuous product development technology platform. Once they've found and qualified potential clients, the Account Executives move in to wrap up the deal.

Quantum Metric, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, has SDR's typically located in the Denver area.

Pipe a ton of opportunities as an SDR at Quantum Metric and you'll find yourself in a high paying SMB account executive spot somewhere in SaaS.

10. Snowflake - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $100,500
  • Base salary: $59,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $20,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $23,000

Snowflake Sales Development Representatives rank enjoy a great base, commission, and signing and stock bonus, for a total median compensation package of $102,000, good for tenth on our list.

Snowflake, the enterprise cloud data warehouse behemoth, hires Sales Development Representatives to prospect into new and existing business customers who could make use of their cloud data warehouse solution. You'll be responsible for finding and nurturing leads and maintaining a healthy pipeline.

Snowflake SDR's are scattered across the US, with its official HQ in San Mateo, CA.

The top performing SDR's jump into Snowflake's six figure Corporate Account Executive role (CAE).

11. Talend - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $101,000
  • Base salary: $68,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $29,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $4,000

Sales Development Representatives at Talend, who rank 11th on our list, earn a solid average compensation package of $101,000.

Sales Development Representatives at Talend are tasked with generating demand for the company's cloud data integration software solutions. SDR's take the lead on all outbound related prospecting activities for the enterprise software integration company.

Based in Redwood City, California, Talend places Sales Development Representatives across the USA, from San Francisco to Boston.

After a stint as an SDR, you'll move into an account executive role which can pay up to $250,000 plus all-in depending on seniority.

12. LogDNA - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $100,000
  • Base salary: $63,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $37,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $0

LogDNA's Sales Development Representatives place twelfth on our list, with an average base salary of $63,000 and commission at quota target of $37,000.

LogDNA, best known for its comprehensive log management solution, just raised a $50 million Series D, making it one of the more attractive firms for people looking to begin their tech sales career. Sales Development Representatives at LogDNA prospect into a targeted list of clients who could utilize the company's enterprise data observability cloud solutions.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, LogDNA has SDR's generally sitting in San Francisco.

The top LogDNA SDRs will easily find themselves moving up within the company or poached because of their SaaS experience, landing them a likely guaranteed six figure compensation package.

13. Anaplan - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $99,000
  • Base salary: $54,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $43,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $2,000

Anaplan, the holder of the 13th place spot on our list, rewards their Sales Development Representatives a $99,000 total compensation package on average and a great $54,000 base salary.

Anaplan is the one of the top players in the enterprise planning software space. Anaplan SDR's cold call, email, and prospect via LinkedIn to generate verified leads and demand for the connected planning platform, which typically gets utilized by several different lines of business.

Anaplan SDRs are located in San Francisco, California, where the company is headquartered.

Top Anaplan SDRs will climb into an Account Executive role at the company, where the most senior Account Executives will bring home compensation packages in the $300,000 range.

14. AlphaSense - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $98,000
  • Base salary: $60,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $26,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $12,000

AlphaSense, the New York City based AI-Analytics company, pays their Sales Development Representatives the fourteenth best, as SDR's here sport a $60k base salary.

SDR's at AlphaSense focus on identifying businesses that could leverage their AI powered business insights platform. Once they've identified these businesses, SDR's will cold call, email, or contact these businesses via LinkedIn to try to develop and nurture potential leads for the Account Execs.

Do well as an SDR at AlphaSense and you'll promote into an Account Executive role there which pays well north of $100,000.

15. Okta - Sales Development Representative

  • Total Compensation: $96,000
  • Base salary: $55,000
  • Commission at 100% of Quota: $25,000
  • Signing + Stock Bonus ($ Value / Year): $16000

Sales Development Representatives at Okta placed fifteenth on our list of best entry level sales jobs, in large part due to the hefty average base salary at $55,000 and Signing + Stock Bonus at $25,000.

Okta is an enterprise cybersecurity company that specializes in identity mangement. As a Sales Development Representative at Okta, you'll be calling on and emailing businesses who might be looking to beef up their enterprise IT security. Once you've satisfactorily developed a lead, you'll hand it over to the Account Executive to finish off the deal while you go hunt down more leads.

Okta, headquartered in San Francisco, has SDR's located in multiple locations including San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington DC.

Okta SDR's that perform well can move into SMB Account Executive roles which pay well over $120,000.


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