How Much Would The Recruiter Earn?

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Q. For someone who took a job at $50000 per year, how much would a recruiter make?

A. Everyone wants to look in the wallet of recruiters. They forget that these people generally make nothing for long periods of time and then make one fee and then nothing again. But let me answer your question.

The recruiting firm, not the recruiter, might earn a fee of as little as 15%, more commonly 20% and sometimes 25% of the individuals starting salary. Thus, using your example, the recruiting firm would earn $7500, $10,000, or $12,500 for referring you to this job if you stay there for 90 calendar days.

Now the recruiter working for them would earn less. Generally, people working on jobs like this are low and recruiters doing contingency work and they might get 30%, 35%, 40% or as much as 50% of the placement fee.

And you have to work there for at least 90 calendar days for them to have fully earned their fee.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.


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