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Career Profile: 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.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 507,200 people employed as insurance sales agents in the United States. The median annual salary is $52,200. Entry level employees earn approximately $29,000 per year and senior employees earn approximately $127,840 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Plan and oversee incorporation of insurance program into bookkeeping system of company.
  • Inspect property, examining its general condition, type of construction, age, and other characteristics, to decide if it is a good insurance risk.
  • Install bookkeeping systems and resolve system problems.
  • Explain necessary bookkeeping requirements for customer to implement and provide group insurance program.
  • Calculate premiums and establish payment method.
  • Attend meetings, seminars, and programs to learn about new products and services, learn new skills, and receive technical assistance in developing new accounts.
  • Monitor insurance claims to ensure they are settled equitably for both the client and the insurer.
  • Customize insurance programs to suit individual customers, often covering a variety of risks.
  • Sell various types of insurance policies to businesses and individuals on behalf of insurance companies, including automobile, fire, life, property, medical and dental insurance, or specialized policies, such as marine, farm/crop, and medical malpractice.
  • Interview prospective clients to obtain data about their financial resources and needs, the physical condition of the person or property to be insured, and to discuss any existing coverage.
  • Contact underwriter and submit forms to obtain binder coverage.
  • Select company that offers type of coverage requested by client to underwrite policy.
  • Ensure that policy requirements are fulfilled, including any necessary medical examinations and the completion of appropriate forms.
  • Develop marketing strategies to compete with other individuals or companies who sell insurance.
  • Explain features, advantages, and disadvantages of various policies to promote sale of insurance plans.
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as maintaining records and handling policy renewals.
  • Seek out new clients and develop clientele by networking to find new customers and generate lists of prospective clients.
  • Call on policyholders to deliver and explain policy, to analyze insurance program and suggest additions or changes, or to change beneficiaries.
  • Confer with clients to obtain and provide information when claims are made on a policy.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
507,200
Annual Openings:
50,400
Increase in Openings by 2030:
7%
Annual Salary Range:
$29,000 - $127,840
Education Requirements:
High school diploma