How Much Do Real Estate Sales Agents Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Real Estate Sales Agents

Real Estate Sales Agents rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$62990 per year
Hourly wage
$30 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$25,100 to $33,370 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Real Estate Sales Agents with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,100 to $33,370 per year or $12 to $16 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Real Estate Sales Agents to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $54 $112,410
Senior (Top 25%) $37 $76,720
Middle (Mid 50%) $24 $49,040
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $33,370
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,100

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $49 $102,200
MA $45 $94,170
CO $39 $81,210
CT $38 $78,540
CA $37 $76,750
AK $36 $75,860
HI $36 $74,820
UT $35 $72,280
WA $34 $69,700
NJ $33 $69,660

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Real Estate Sales Agent is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Real Estate Sales Agents are in the states of NY, MA, CO, CT and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Oil and Gas Extraction $113600 $54.61
Natural Gas Distribution $111380 $53.55
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $96160 $46.23
Management of Companies and Enterprises $96000 $46.15
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $90190 $43.36
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $87550 $42.09
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets $84740 $40.74
Telecommunications $84680 $40.71
Federal Executive Branch $84460 $40.60
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $82980 $39.90
Office Administrative Services $81650 $39.25
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas $79430 $38.19
Support Activities for Mining $77850 $37.43
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $75360 $36.23
Social Advocacy Organizations $73270 $35.23
Land Subdivision $72960 $35.08
Local Government $71160 $34.21
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $70850 $34.06
Residential Building Construction $70330 $33.81
Scientific Research and Development Services $70080 $33.69
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $67790 $32.59
Legal Services $67630 $32.52
State Government $66810 $32.12
Traveler Accommodation $65530 $31.50
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $61810 $29.71
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $61500 $29.57
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $61450 $29.54
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $60990 $29.32
Employment Services $60670 $29.17
Real Estate $59210 $28.47

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