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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of real estate sales agents from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$45,990
4.13% 14.89%
2016
$44,090
1.63% -
2015
$43,370
5.49% -
2014
$40,990
2.90% -
2013
$39,800
1.66% -
2012
$39,140
- -

Table 2. Real Estate Sales Agent Salary by Industry Sector

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
$116,860
Mining
$88,950
Accommodation and Food Services
$79,080
Transportation and Warehousing
$78,440
Utilities
$76,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,730
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$66,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$66,120
Educational Services
$62,320
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,830
Finance and Insurance
$54,810
Construction
$54,660
Wholesale Trade
$51,710
Retail Trade
$51,490
Health Care and Social Assistance
$43,930
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$42,670
Manufacturing
$42,510
Information
$39,940
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,110

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 $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
$89,110
Alaska
$69,960
Wyoming
$64,690
Hawaii
$60,330
District of Columbia
$59,700
Rhode Island
$59,010
Massachusetts
$57,860
Puerto Rico
$57,150
Texas
$56,420
Alabama
$55,660
North Dakota
$55,570
Pennsylvania
$54,820
South Dakota
$54,350
Colorado
$52,980
California
$52,380
Oregon
$50,750
Washington
$50,690
Arizona
$49,790
Virginia
$49,310
Utah
$47,660
North Carolina
$47,290
Kansas
$46,340
Vermont
$45,810
New Jersey
$45,740
New Hampshire
$45,570
Iowa
$45,480
Wisconsin
$45,000
Idaho
$44,870
Maryland
$44,560
Nevada
$43,870
Mississippi
$43,870
Nebraska
$43,330
New Mexico
$43,170
Minnesota
$42,840
Maine
$42,030
Delaware
$41,950
South Carolina
$40,750
Michigan
$39,660
Illinois
$39,630
Georgia
$39,300
Florida
$39,180
Oklahoma
$38,670
Missouri
$38,440
Connecticut
$38,100
Indiana
$37,560
Kentucky
$37,390
Louisiana
$36,570
West Virginia
$35,650
Montana
$33,690
Ohio
$32,380
Tennessee
$30,710
Arkansas
$30,420



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