The salary statistics of real estate sales agents are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of real estate sales agents within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The real estate sales agents annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$23,130|
|25th Percentile Wage||$31,180|
|50th Percentile Wage||$45,990|
|75th Percentile Wage||$71,950|
|90th Percentile Wage||$109,490|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for real estate sales agents. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) real estate sales agents is $109,490. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,130. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 373% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of real estate sales agents from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of real estate sales agents in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for real estate sales agents occupations is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector with an annual salary $116,860. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $38,110).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only real estate sales agents salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of real estate sales agents in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $30,420 to $89,110. The highest paying state for real estate sales agents is New York with a median annual salary of $89,110. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $30,420. For more salary information of real estate sales agents profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New York|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |