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Life Insurance Agents and Brokers


Life insurance agents and brokers sell policies that provide life insurance, retirement income, and various other types of insurance to new clients or to established policy-holders. Some agents are referred to as life underwriters, since they may be required to estimate insurance risks on some policies. Captive agents are those who work exclusively for one insurance company and sell only its policies to customers. Independent insurance agents are employed by insurance brokerages, and sell the policies of a variety of companies. Approximately 475,900 insurance agents and brokers work in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training




Faster than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
General Agency Manager or General Insurance Broker

Branch Office Manager

Branch Office Assistant Manager

Life Insurance Agent/Broker

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