1. J Scott BurkePRO
    President, Newbury Inc., Evansville, Indiana
    They are paid a commission from the insurance company. There is no pass on charges to the applicant. You pay the same rate whether you apply through an agent or not.

    Generally speaking, 100% of the first years premiums are paid out in commissions. This may all go to the agent or divided up with his upline managers. Insurance companies benefit from this because they do not have to pay salaried people to market their products. It makes for a more effective distribution system.
    Answered on April 7, 2013
  2. Larry GilmorePRO
    Agent Owner, Gilmore Insurance Services, Marysville, Washington State
    It's going to depend on the type of coverage and the payout offered by the insurance carrier. The state where a policy is sold may also have some restrictions on how much commission is paid out at one time.

    A commission is paid to an agent "after" a premium has been paid and is in good standing from the insurance carrier.

    Commissions depending on the product can be paid for just one year or several at a lower amount each year, depending on the company.
    Answered on April 7, 2013
  3. David RacichPRO
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
    A Life Insurance Agent gets paid from the life insurance company. The compensation is based on the target premium or commissionable premium. The compensation arrangement may vary significantly depending upon whether the compensation model is New York or Non New York based. It also matters if the agent is a career agent, which may have additional benefits attached to production, or a broker who generally makes more money, but without benefits. 
     
    Answered on June 4, 2013
  4. Peggy MacePRO
    President and Senior Agent, Outlook Life, Most of the U.S.
    Most life insurance policies pay a commission to the agent who sold the policy. The commission is usually a percent of the "commissionable premium". The commissionable part of the premium may or may not exclude policy fees, and with universal life there is a target premium beyond which no commission is paid. The commission is usually paid within a month after the policy is placed, although some companies pay faster than others. If the insured drops the policy during the first year, some or all the commission may be charged back from the agent and returned to the life insurance company.
    Answered on December 10, 2013
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