2019 Surgical Sales Salary Report

“How much money does a surgical sales rep make?”

Every year, MedReps conducts a survey to answer this question and more:

“What size surgical sales company pays the highest salary?”

“How much commission do surgical sales jobs pay?”

“How does travel impact surgical sales salaries?”

“How does location, age, and gender impact surgical sales earnings?”

Surgical sales companies are taking care of their employees and it shows. This year’s 2019 Medical Sales Salary Survey found after a jump in average base salaries, an incredible 71 percent of surgical sales reps say they’re satisfied with their incomes.

2019 surgical sales salary key findings:

  • Surgical sales salary total average compensation is highest at large companies
  • Surgical sales managers take home nearly as much as Sales Directors/VPs
  • Those working outside of the OR report higher salaries
  • The top surgical sales salary earners are in their 50s
  • Surgical sales has one of the largest reported gender gaps

Surgical sales reps saw a decrease in total income earned. Despite the slight dip, average total compensation remains strong at $161,961. Base salaries, however, jumped from $86,518 in our 2018 findings to $88,064 this year.

An impressive 72 percent of the 180 employed surgical sales respondents reported being satisfied with their earnings. Even better, our survey revealed 83 percent of surgical sales reps said they’re satisfied in their current roles.

This success and satisfaction doesn’t come without dedication. Respondents in our survey have an average of nine years of experience and spend 20 percent of their time traveling overnight.

Surprisingly, less than 90 percent of reps in this field reported having a four-year college degree or higher. An increase in base salaries, though, shows this hasn’t impacted their success in the field.

Check out our full findings below to learn more about how you can reap the financial rewards of a surgical sales career:

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