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Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Salary

Chartered Financial Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $74K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Chartered Financial Analysts bottoms out near $44K and approaches $133K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $26K from bonuses and almost $16K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. There are far more male Chartered Financial Analysts survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.
$43,793 - $119,518
MEDIAN: $74,408

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$43,793 - $119,518  
$0.00 - $25,976  
Profit Sharing
$1,949 - $16,219  
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).
$44,195 - $133,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 175
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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 31 votes.


15 %
85 %

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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 10%