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Average Salary for TIAA-CREF Employees

Operating out of Denver, Colo., insurance & financial services company TIAA-CREF employs talent in positions ranging from Financial Consultant to Financial Advisor. It is not unusual for people who work at TIAA-CREF to earn generous salaries — average pay comes to $94K annually. What you do at the company influences pay for TIAA-CREF workers the most, followed by how long you've been working and where you live. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

TIAA-CREF typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
at market
Similar companies include:
Merrill Lynch & Co Inc, LPL Financial, Ocwen LLC
Employer: TIAA-CREF
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Denver, Colorado 


Insurance & Financial Services


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The highest paychecks go to IT Program Managers, who earn an average $125K per year, closely trailed by Senior Business Analysts ($91K), Financial Advisors ($90K), and Relationship Managers (about $85K). On the lower end are Investment Accountants at approximately $52K on average.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $66K annually. Average pay is $83K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Overall, the greater share of TIAA-CREF folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average $90K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $120K per year) can be spotted in Boston, Mass.; Iselin, N.J. ($107K), New York, N.Y. (about $102K), and Charlotte, N.C. (around $84K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Dallas, Texas at $66K. By state, TIAA-CREF pays its Massachusetts employees the most; the pay rate there is approximately $120K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $121K per year for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. On average, salaries rise to about $91K annually for accredited Certified Financial Planners. At TIAA-CREF, employees who hold a law degree receive the highest salaries at around $180K.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Project Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $105K per year. Financial Analysis is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; nearly one-eighth of TIAA-CREF's people use it regularly. Many workers usually know Microsoft Excel, Sales, and Financial Advisor as well.

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. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of employees and dental coverage for almost all employees. Other privileges include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats for TIAA-CREF


40 %
60 %
$50,110 - $106,856
$49,141 - $111,744
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
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