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Salary Outlook

According to the BLS, in 2012, real estate agents earned a median salary of $39,140. The best-paid earned about $95,540, while the lowest-paid earned approximately $20,700. The highest earners worked in the metropolitan areas of Lake County, Ill., White Plains, N.Y., and Wayne, N.J., amd Santa Fe, N.M.

Job Salary Year
2004 $43,840.00
2006 $52,030.00
2008 $52,230.00
2010 $52,490.00
2012 $51,930.00

Average Real Estate Agent Pay vs. All Business Jobs

Real estate sales agents make an average salary of about $51,930, which is in the middle of the pack for similar business jobs. They make less than less than a sales representatives, who brings in $64,300. But real estate agents earn more than the average salary for customer service representative and retail salesperson, who take home $33,110 and $25,310, respectively.

Job Name Salary
Insurance Agent $48,150.00
Real Estate Agent $39,140.00
Customer Service Representative $30,580.00
Receptionist $25,990.00
Cashier $18,970.00

Best Paying Cities for Real Estate Agents

The highest paid in the real estate agent profession work in the metropolitan areas of Lake County, Illinois, Syracuse, New York, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Nassau, New York area also pays well, as does the city of Chicago.

Lake County, Illinois

Average Salary: $89,200 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a real estate agent working in Lake County, Illinois is $89,200, which is $50,060 more than the average pay in the profession.

Syracuse, New York

Average Salary: $87,810 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a real estate agent working in Syracuse, New York is $87,810, which is $48,670 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Average Salary: $84,060 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a real estate agent working in Santa Fe, New Mexico is $84,060, which is $44,920 more than the average pay in the profession.

Nassau, New York

Average Salary: $83,590 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a real estate agent working in Nassau, New York is $83,590, which is $44,450 more than the average pay in the profession.

Chicago

Average Salary: $83,590 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a real estate agent working in Chicago is $83,590, which is $44,450 more than the average pay in the profession.

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