Real Estate Agent Commission: How Your Agent Gets Paid

Sellers typically pay the real estate agent commission, which has traditionally been 5% to 6% of the home sale price.
Barbara Marquand
By Barbara Marquand 
Updated
Edited by Johanna Arnone

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Real estate agents make money from commissions on home sales. Understanding how your agent is paid is an important part of the home buying and selling process.

Average real estate agent commission

Typical real estate agent commissions have historically been 5% to 6% of the home sale price. That's $17,500 to $21,000 on a $350,000 home.

Home Sale Price

5% Commission

6% Commission

$250,000

$12,500

$15,000

$350,000

$17,500

$21,000

$450,000

$22,500

$27,000

$550,000

$27,500

$33,000

$650,000

$32,500

$39,000

$750,000

$37,500

$45,000

$850,000

$42,500

$51,000

$950,000

$47,500

$57,000

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