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Earnings

Earnings for agents vary greatly, depending on the success of the agent and his or her clients. An agency receives 10 to 20 percent of a client's fee for a project. An agent is then paid a commission by the agency as well as a base salary. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes earned median salaries of $62,940 in May 2015. Salaries for the lowest paid 10 percent were less than $28,060 and the top paid 10 percent earned more than $111,370. Music agents with more experience and who are employed by top agencies earn much higher salaries.

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