Chart showing amount of time salespeople spend on differnt tasks.
The average salesperson spends nearly six hours a day on some form of selling, including service calls.
Breakdown on average 45.5-hour workweek: Hours % of time
Selling face-to-face 13.8 hrs. 30%
Selling over the phone 9.5 21
Traveling 9.0 20
Administrative tasks 7.7 17
Service calls 5.5 12
Source: "Sales Force Compensation," a survey of 250 U.S. companies, 66% with sales of less than $25 million, the Dartnell Corp., Chicago, 1992.