Real Estate Agent Commission Calculator

A tool for agents like you to calculate your potential commission on a house sale. Since commission is usually the main—if not only—part of an agent’s income, it also can work like a real estate agent salary calculator!
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What is a real estate commission?

A real estate commission is fee that a real estate agent charges for their professional services in the home selling or home buying process, such as listing the property, marketing it, conducting viewings, negotiating on behalf of the seller, and providing guidance throughout the selling process. It’s typically calculated as a percentage of final selling price, and is split between the buyer’s agent, the seller’s agent, and their brokerages.

Notably, the commission is only paid upon the successful sale of the property, which means both the seller’s agent and buyer’s agent are motivated to close the sale.


How is a real estate commission split?

As a real estate agent, you don’t keep the full commission from the sale. First, the seller’s and the buyer’s agents split the total commission into two parts. Then, for most real estate agents, the brokerage takes a cut. This amount can vary from 20% to 60% of the real estate commission, a percentage that is usually negotiated. In most cases, however, it’s a 50% split. As an example, a 6% would be split into four equal cuts (1.5% each), which go to each real estate agent and each brokerage.


How can you negotiate a better commission rate?

Research. Researching your market helps you learn how to maximize your benefit. Always read verified sources such as government websites or reputable websites and articles.

Ask around. By reaching out to more than one agent, you’ll understand how different agents serve their clients, which can factor into how high their commission is. This can help you know what services you should offer to get a better commission rate.

Be clear. If a potential client doesn’t know everything you offer, they might automatically pick the agent with the lowest commission rate. It’s not always easy to talk yourself up, but you do want to make sure clients know everything you bring to the table.

Real estate commission facts:

  • In Florida, the real estate commission is usually 5%–7% of the sale price.
  • The seller pays the total real estate commission out of the sale’s proceeds.
  • The total commission is split between the buyer’s agent, the seller’s agents, and their brokerages.
  • The agent’s brokerage fees come out of their commission and can be as high as 40% of the agent’s commission.