How Much do Real Estate Agents Make?

Do real estate agents make a lot of money? What is the average pay for real estate agents?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate agents in the United States earn an average of $62,060 a year, equivalent to $29.83 an hour. Real estate agents make 16% more than the average American worker.

Real estate agents in New York are the best paid, making $111,800 a year, while real estate agents in Illinois make the least at $42,130.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Real Estate Agent Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $53.75 $111,800
75th $36.22 $75,340
50th $23.53 $48,930
25th $16.16 $33,600
10th $11.98 $24,930
Real Estate Agent Wages by State

In what states do real estate agents make the most? In what states do real estate agents make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $25.63 $53,300
Alaska $38.15 $79,360
Arizona $25.13 $52,280
Arkansas $24.31 $50,570
California $35.64 $74,140
Colorado $36.95 $76,850
Connecticut $38.35 $79,780
Delaware $23.76 $49,410
Florida $30.19 $62,790
Georgia $26.28 $54,670
Hawaii $34.20 $71,140
Idaho $22.76 $47,350
Illinois $20.25 $42,130
Indiana $22.92 $47,670
Iowa $26.25 $54,610
Kansas $24.37 $50,680
Kentucky $24.32 $50,570
Louisiana $25.21 $52,440
Maine $26.85 $55,840
Maryland $25.39 $52,800
Massachusetts $40.47 $84,180
Michigan $27.49 $57,170
Minnesota $22.18 $46,130
Mississippi $27.42 $57,030
Missouri $31.27 $65,040
Montana $34.10 $70,930
Nebraska $23.97 $49,860
Nevada $30.90 $64,280
New Hampshire $24.03 $49,970
New Jersey $32.15 $66,880
New Mexico $26.87 $55,900
New York $53.75 $111,800
North Carolina $24.12 $50,160
North Dakota $30.08 $62,570
Ohio $22.80 $47,420
Oklahoma $26.85 $55,850
Oregon $25.06 $52,120
Pennsylvania $30.01 $62,430
Rhode Island $33.86 $70,420
South Carolina $23.34 $48,560
South Dakota $31.11 $64,720
Tennessee $24.36 $50,670
Texas $35.02 $72,830
Utah $36.14 $75,170
Vermont $26.81 $55,770
Virginia $30.87 $64,210
Washington $31.74 $66,020
West Virginia $27.35 $56,880
Wisconsin $24.18 $50,290
Wyoming $34.36 $71,460
Metro Areas Where Real Estate Agents Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
New York, NY $49.86 $103,700
San Jose, CA $45.31 $94,250
Midland, TX $44.39 $92,340
Sioux Falls, SD $44.17 $91,870
Bridgeport, CT $43.79 $91,090
Syracuse, NY $40.54 $84,320
Cheyenne, WY $40.20 $83,610
Bismarck, ND $39.97 $83,130
Amarillo, TX $39.95 $83,090
Boston, MA $39.80 $82,780
Real Estate Agent Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $29.83 $62,060
2018 $29.67 $61,720
2017 $28.67 $59,630
2016 $28.54 $59,360
2015 $28.08 $58,410
2014 $26.70 $55,530
2013 $25.55 $53,140
2012 $24.97 $51,930
2011 $24.60 $51,170