Real estate agents assist with the buying and selling of residences and commercial properties. As of the date of publication, real estate agents in Pennsylvania earn an average of $48,640 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to their salaries, real estate agents typically earn commissions based on a percentage of the fees that their agencies receive on a sale of property.
With salaries averaging $47,550 per year, real estate agents in Pittsburgh are the highest-paid in western Pennsylvania, at the time of publication. In Erie, real estate agents made an average of $44,280 per year, while those working in the greater area of Youngstown, Warren, Boardman and Ohio received salaries that averaged $39,710 annually. Salaries for real estate agents in Johnstown averaged $34,910 per year, the lowest wages in western Pennsylvania and the second-lowest statewide.
York and Hanover serve as the highest-paying cities for real estate agents in central Pennsylvania. Williamsport ranked as the second-lowest paying city statewide with wages averaging $37,630 annually, at the time of publication. In Altoona, real estate agents earned the lowest average annual wages statewide at $31,050. Agents in State College received an average of $44,950 per year, while those working in Harrisburg and Carlisle averaged $40,490 annually.
Philadelphia featured the second-highest wages for real estate agents statewide with an average of $53,040 per year, at the time of publication. Reading featured the second-highest average yearly salaries for real estate agents in eastern Pennsylvania at $45,490 per year. In Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, agents made an average of $43,140 annually, while those in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton averaged $42,270. Lancaster had the lowest average annual rates for real estate agents statewide at $38,440.
The rural areas in eastern central Pennsylvania had the highest average annual salaries for real estate agents anywhere in the state, at the time of publication. Wages in the region averaged $56,950 per year. Rural northeastern Pennsylvania featured the second-highest salaries for real estate agents in the state at an average of $48,270 annually. In rural far western Pennsylvania, agents made an average of $42,790 per year. Real estate agents in rural western central Pennsylvania received salaries that averaged $41,800 annually.
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