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Real Estate Agents and Brokers

Real Estate Agent—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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Real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses and sell, rent, or manage the property of others. Real estate agents are salespeople who are either self-employed or hired by brokers. Sometimes, the term agent is applied to both real estate brokers and agents. There are approximately 465,500 real estate agents and real estate brokers employed in the United States. They may also be called real estate buyer’s agents and brokers.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Faster than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Real Estate Business Owner or Sales Manager

Real Estate Broker

Real Estate Agent

Real Estate Agent Trainee