Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Salary

Earnings for Chartered Financial Analysts in the United States come in at around $75K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Chartered Financial Analysts varies from around $45K to approximately $130K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $25K and $10K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are far more male Chartered Financial Analysts survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$44,641 - $119,319
MEDIAN: $75,468

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$44,641 - $119,319  
$0.00 - $25,403  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
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).
$44,755 - $130,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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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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Experience Affects Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Salaries

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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: 42% employee benefits None: 12%