You already have some really good answers here. The bottom line is: not as much as most think! In most cases, not all..it is a multiple list situation, which means two companies share the total commission and then the agents each shares with their own broker. Remember, this IS a gross amount. We all have GREAT expenses to stay in the business...our required education, licenses, board memberships, board fees, advertising fees, marketing and mailing costs, open houses, luncheons, GAS, etc, etc, etc....if we work for a franchise, we pay franchise fees, if we work in Relocation, we pay relocation referralf ees, if we work with USAA buyers, we pay referral fees and company relo fees, if it's a referral from another broker, they get a cut too, if the company generates the lead, they pay us less....when it is all said an done...we probably work for less than minimum wage!!! If you are looking to get into the business...interview many companies and negotiate the best deal you can. Consider the costs involved to just be in the busness, before you make any money at all. If you are a buyer or seller..realize, your agent is working really hard for their money....and they are paying their expenses even when they are not making sales and closing deals... If you think sellers and houses are "upside down" right now..try being an agent!