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Real Estate Sales Agent Salary Information

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Real Estate Sales Agent Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,230
25th Percentile Wage
$29,940
50th Percentile Wage
$44,090
75th Percentile Wage
$71,060
90th Percentile Wage
$112,570

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 $112,570. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,230. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 406% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of real estate sales agents from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201644,0901.63%11.23%
201543,3705.49%-
201440,9902.90%-
201339,8001.66%-
201239,140--

Table 2. Real Estate Sales Agent Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of real estate sales agents in 17 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 utilities sector with an annual salary $89,930. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $33,350).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$89,930
Mining
$87,160
Transportation and Warehousing
$81,280
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$71,540
Federal, State, and Local Government
$69,120
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$67,750
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,620
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,570
Retail Trade
$56,730
Educational Services
$56,530
Construction
$52,670
Finance and Insurance
$48,470
Health Care and Social Assistance
$44,980
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$40,650
Information
$39,940
Accommodation and Food Services
$34,200
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$33,350

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Real Estate Sales Agents by States

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 $29,200 to $85,730. The highest paying state for real estate sales agents is New York with a median annual salary of $85,730. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $29,200. 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
$85,730
Hawaii
$71,590
Puerto Rico
$69,980
Alaska
$67,010
District of Columbia
$66,790
Wyoming
$63,650
Alabama
$55,500
Kansas
$55,250
Arizona
$54,490
Massachusetts
$53,960
South Dakota
$52,920
North Dakota
$52,060
Maine
$51,590
California
$51,580
Vermont
$51,490
Pennsylvania
$51,340
Colorado
$51,240
New Jersey
$49,510
Virginia
$47,970
North Carolina
$47,030
Nevada
$46,920
Washington
$46,470
Texas
$46,400
Maryland
$46,350
New Hampshire
$45,490
Nebraska
$45,390
Oklahoma
$44,560
New Mexico
$44,050
Indiana
$43,610
Idaho
$43,560
Connecticut
$42,480
Rhode Island
$42,050
Utah
$41,520
West Virginia
$41,130
Wisconsin
$40,660
Delaware
$40,580
Illinois
$40,400
Oregon
$40,400
Iowa
$40,100
Florida
$39,360
Missouri
$39,230
South Carolina
$38,930
Minnesota
$38,800
Michigan
$37,990
Mississippi
$36,500
Georgia
$35,930
Kentucky
$35,860
Louisiana
$34,460
Montana
$33,930
Ohio
$31,400
Tennessee
$30,820
Arkansas
$29,200



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