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A salesperson gets a commission of 5% on all sales up to $15000 and a commission of 7% on all sales over $15000. What is the commission earned on sales of $27000?

Hello again,

We went through the idea of a percentage in a previous question. This question is similar. Here's how to approach it:

The salesperson earns a total of $27000 = $15000 + $12000. She gets 5% commission on the first $15000 which means she gets a fraction of that amount; the fraction is given by 0.05 = 5%/100, as we went over before. So she would get (0.05)$15000 = $750.

For the remaining $12000, she gets a 7% commision or (0.07)$12000 = $840. Her total commission is the sum of the 2 values or $750 + $840 = $1590.

Randy

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