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Average Salary for TIAA-CREF Employees

Based in Denver, Colorado, insurance & financial services industry player TIAA-CREF offers many employment opportunities, including Financial Consultant and Financial Advisor positions. TIAA-CREF employees enjoy considerable salaries — pay is approximately $94K annually. For the most part, employee paychecks at TIAA-CREF fluctuate depending on how long you've been working; your job title and geography also matter, but to a lesser degree. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

How This Employer Pays

TIAA-CREF typically pays:
above market

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Employer: TIAA-CREF
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
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[-]Financial Consultant (11)
$46,627 - $95,674  
[-]Financial Consultant (11)
Salary$46,627 - $80,879  
Bonus$966 - $20,609  
Total Pay$46,627 - $95,674  
[+]Financial Advisor (7)
$45,303 - $160,796  
[+]Financial Advisor (7)
Salary$36,734 - $122,060  
Bonus$1,493 - $30,645  
Profit Disbursement$1,083 - $13,742  
Total Pay$45,303 - $160,796  
[+]Relationship Manager (4)
$52,695 - $151,439  
[+]Relationship Manager (4)
Salary$50,602 - $128,544  
Bonus$4,160 - $39,250  
Total Pay$52,695 - $151,439  
[+]Financial Planner (4)
$52,641 - $204,352  
[+]Financial Planner (4)
Salary$44,320 - $154,842  
Bonus$2,455 - $37,792  
Total Pay$52,641 - $204,352  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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Years of Experience

Those who stay for at least five years earn noticeably more; average salaries at that point reach about $68K. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $61K. Broadly speaking, the largest slice of the TIAA-CREF workforce (32 percent) has a tenure of 10-19 years and earns $99K per year.


Senior Business Analysts represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $97K — though Relationship Managers, Financial Advisors, and Financial Planners also do fairly well at $93K, around $89K, and $86K, respectively. Registered Representatives at TIAA-CREF do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (approximately $47K) at the company.


Median pay is highest in New York (around $106K annually), followed by Charlotte ($89K), Providence ($80K), and Philadelphia (about $80K). San Francisco is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $59K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of New York; salaries there average to approximately $106K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to around $115K. Certified Financial Planner s also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of $91K annually. Regarding salaries and education, TIAA-CREF pays those with a law degree the most — about $185K.


The best paying skill to have in this role appears to be SQL; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $101K. A garden variety skill at TIAA-CREF is Project Management; nearly one-fifth of TIAA-CREF's people use it regularly. A typical employee's toolkit also contains Financial Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

TIAA-CREF workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. The greater part of workers receive health insurance, and a strong majority of workers get dental coverage. TIAA-CREF also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, tuition reimbursement, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and gym membership.

Key Stats

42 %
58 %
$50,170 - $109,259
$49,320 - $109,972
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

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