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Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Salary

Chartered Financial Analysts in the United States take home an average $75K annually. Total incomes of Chartered Financial Analysts incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $25K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $44K and $125K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Chartered Financial Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Chartered Financial Analysts who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly two in five. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,291 - $119,022
MEDIAN: $75,113

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$44,291 - $119,022  
$0.00 - $25,283  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,256  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$44,429 - $125,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165

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Job Description for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Basic duties performed by chartered financial analysts (CFAs) include monitoring and helping improve financial performance for clients. Monitoring consists of tracking status, using financial models and forecasting, analyzing plans, and reconciling transactions. To improve performance, all data must be carefully analyzed and then used to present solutions such as automation, removing redundancy, improving coordination, and handling other weaknesses. In some cases, this may require specialized knowledge of specific fields; however, in general, problem-solving skills and strong communication skills are essential to generate strong results.


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Tasks

  • Evaluate financial decisions, set goals and identify key steps for growth.
  • Write reports on recommendations, risks and current state.
  • Analyze financial portfolios and create recommendations.

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


14 %
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 12%