How do Real Estate Agents Get Paid?

For every $100,000:
($100,000 selling price) X (6% commission)
=$6,000 total commission owed

Even though each agent receives a total commission of $3,000, they are still responsible to pay a portion of that to their brokerage. This amount could be as high as 50% or $1,500. Agents are independent contractors and responsible for their own memberships fees, licenses cost, transportation, insurance, retirement savings, and other associated cost.