Average Salary for TIAA-CREF Employees

Headquartered in Denver, Colo., TIAA-CREF offers a range of employment opportunities in the insurance & financial services, from Financial Consultant to Financial Advisor. TIAA-CREF employees bring home the big bucks — six-figure salaries are common, and average pay approaches $100K per year. For the most part, employee paychecks at TIAA-CREF fluctuate depending on your experience level; your job title and your city also matter, but to a lesser degree. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Denver, Colorado 


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Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $85K per year. The largest slice of the TIAA-CREF workforce (27 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, approximately $72K annually.


The highest average salaries go to IT Program Managers, who bring in close to about $123K per year, though Senior Data Analysts are not far behind at $97K along with Financial Advisors (around $87K) and Client Relationship Managers ($75K). Near the bottom at TIAA-CREF are Senior Administrative Assistants, pulling in an average of just approximately $64K.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($105K annually) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; Boston, Mass. (around $100K), New York, N.Y. (about $99K), and Charlotte, N.C. ($86K) are the next top-paying cities. Dallas, Texas is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $55K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of New York pays TIAA-CREF the most — $99K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals receive bigger paychecks (around $120K annually) than those without credentials. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified Public Accountants with credentials; these people earn about $83K per year on average. TIAA-CREF provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business & Marketing — these employees rake in $134K annually.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Risk Management / Risk Control; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $114K per year. A relatively widespread skill at TIAA-CREF is Project Management; just under a fifth of employees use it for work. Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Financial Analysis were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

TIAA-CREF helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of employees, and most workers report receiving dental coverage as well. The company also dishes out perks such as tuition reimbursement, gym membership, life insurance, and optional telecommute / work from home.

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Key Stats for TIAA-CREF


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57 %
$59,458 - $111,436
$55,745 - $109,996

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$55,794 - $105,327
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