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I need a fairly specific single word for a person who is entitled to receive a sales commission. "Agent" for example isn't specific enough.

A short phrase is also usable. Adjectives ditto. The underlying field is accounting.

This is actually for use as a database table name, which is why it needs to be fairly specific, but it's an English language question all right ;-)

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Check on relevant domain if a term already exists, before coining one of your own. – Kris Jun 25 '14 at 4:39
@Kris I have no intention whatsoever of coining my own. Hence this question. – EJP Jun 25 '14 at 4:48
So please check on relevant domain first, or on SO. – Kris Jun 25 '14 at 4:57
@Kris I'm asking here because here is more appropriate than SO, as it isn't a programing question per se, but an English language question. As I've already stated. I've also neither expressed nor implied any intention to coin a term of my own. If you don't want to contribute to the discussion you're certainly going the right way about it. "Commission agent" is polite for "bookmaker" in some countries. – EJP Jun 25 '14 at 8:28

Universally in sales environments, those people are referred to as "on-commission", which leads me to believe there is no shorter word.

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Thank you for your answer. Bit of a mouthful for a table name ;-) I'm inclined to agree that there doesn't appear to be any single term. – EJP Jun 30 '14 at 4:36

In many instances such a person may be referred to as a "contractor". The term infers that a fee or commission is to be paid on completion of an assigned task.

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Thank you, this isn't specific enough for my need. – EJP Jun 30 '14 at 4:37
This isn't really a forum to find answers for your specific naming needs. You should keep your questions within the scope of the site. – Dave Magner Jun 30 '14 at 14:55

Must be a bit late...
This thesaurus could be helpful to dig into ideas and vocabulary.
An entry for Ten-percenter.

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