Average Salary for The Vanguard Group Employees

Valley Forge, Pa.-based The Vanguard Group hires for positions ranging from Client Relations Specialist to Client Relations Associate in the investment management industry. The median income for The Vanguard Group employees is $60K annually. At The Vanguard Group, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is how long you've been working — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your role at the company and where you live each factor into the equation as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Employer: The Vanguard Group
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Client Relations Associate (11)
$32,943 - $52,323  
[-]Client Relations Associate (11)
Salary$29,293 - $48,081  
Bonus$724 - $8,595  
Total Pay$32,943 - $52,323  
[+]Client Relations Specialist (11)
$34,645 - $45,420  
[+]Client Relations Specialist (11)
Salary$34,255 - $44,698  
Bonus$498.72 - $7,689  
Total Pay$34,645 - $45,420  
[+]Investment Consultant (7)
$37,429 - $126,592  
[+]Investment Consultant (7)
Salary$34,688 - $92,776  
Bonus$1,285 - $13,409  
Profit Disbursement$1,521 - $14,542  
Total Pay$37,429 - $126,592  
[+]Certified Financial Planner (CFP) (5)
$39,633 - $150,378  
[+]Certified Financial Planner (CFP) (5)
Salary$37,859 - $105,951  
Bonus$1,046 - $24,551  
Total Pay$39,633 - $150,378  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 175
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About This Company

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 

Investment management

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Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay generally amounts to about $55K. The largest fraction of The Vanguard Group people (36 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $45K per year.


The highest average salaries go to Operations Project Managers, who bring in close to $77K, though Software Developers are not far behind at approximately $61K along with Certified Financial Planners (around $51K) and Financial Advisors ($50K). Earning only $37K, Client Relations Associates make less than most people in the company.


Median pay is highest in Malvern (about $63K annually), followed by Philadelphia ($61K), Phoenix ($51K), and Scottsdale (approximately $50K). High paychecks are not found in King of Prussia; in fact, at around $44K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in Pennsylvania take home the most — $61K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Six Sigma Black Belts have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $81K. Salaries typically rise to approximately $64K annually for accredited National Association of Security Dealers , Series 65 Licenses. The Vanguard Group provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) — these employees rake in around $99K per year.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Data Analysis among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $68K. Customer Relationship Management is regularly seen around here; roughly a fourth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. A typical employee's toolkit also contains Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Almost all employees participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. The vast majority of workers report having health insurance, and a solid majority of workers report having dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and gym membership.

Key Stats for The Vanguard Group


37 %
63 %
$37,965 - $66,605
$37,461 - $72,620
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

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