Average Salary for TIAA-CREF Employees

Denver, Colo.-based TIAA-CREF hires for positions ranging from Financial Consultant to Financial Advisor in the insurance & financial services sector. People who work for TIAA-CREF earn excellent salaries of around $94K per year. Your experience level influences pay for TIAA-CREF workers the most, followed by your job title and geography. This synopsis is derived from responses to the PayScale's salary survey.

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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 (12)
$46,168 - $94,935  
[-]Financial Consultant (12)
Salary$46,168 - $80,255  
Bonus$1,052 - $22,322  
Total Pay$46,168 - $94,935  
[+]Financial Advisor (8)
$48,886 - $176,733  
[+]Financial Advisor (8)
Salary$37,725 - $124,529  
Bonus$2,395 - $48,410  
Profit Disbursement$1,146 - $17,587  
Total Pay$48,886 - $176,733  
[+]Relationship Manager (5)
$49,528 - $141,540  
[+]Relationship Manager (5)
Salary$45,513 - $122,217  
Bonus$3,901 - $37,495  
Total Pay$49,528 - $141,540  
[+]Financial Planner (4)
$50,859 - $204,698  
[+]Financial Planner (4)
Salary$42,554 - $163,948  
Bonus$1,863 - $44,823  
Total Pay$50,859 - $204,698  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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About This Company

Denver, Colorado 


Insurance & Financial Services


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Years of Experience

Average pay is typically $68K for those with five to nine years of experience. For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach $61K. Overall, the greater share of TIAA-CREF folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn about $99K annually.


Senior Business Analysts earn the highest median pay at approximately $97K, followed by Relationship Managers ($93K), Financial Advisors (around $89K), and Financial Planners ($86K). On the lower end are Registered Representatives at around $47K.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($106K per year) can be spotted in New York; Charlotte (about $89K), Providence ($80K), and Philadelphia (approximately $80K) are the next top-paying cities. San Francisco ranks low on the pay scale — at $59K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, TIAA-CREF employees make the most in New York, earning approximately $106K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make $115K. Certified Financial Planners also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of $91K per year. Regarding salaries and education, TIAA-CREF pays those with a law degree the most — about $185K.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be SQL; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $101K. Folks here also tend to know Project Management; on the survey, nearly one in five of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Other top skills include Financial Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

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. The greater part of workers can count on health insurance, and a solid majority of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. TIAA-CREF employees also enjoy perks such as life insurance, tuition reimbursement, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and gym membership.

Key Stats for TIAA-CREF


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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

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