How Much do Real Estate Agents Make?

Real estate agents very rarely earn a salary. Almost all of them are compensated by commission only, so real estate agents are compensated by making sales. If an agent sells a $100,000 home with a 6% commission, their gross commission is $6,000, but they often have a 50/50 split with their broker so they actually only earn $3,000, and from that they will have to save something for taxes so the agent really only made $2,000 on the sale.