Equity Research Associate Salary

For Equity Research Associates, yearly average wages total $67K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Equity Research Associates can bottom out near $46K or peak near $113K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority of Equity Research Associates (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Equity Research Associates. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,808 - $93,133
MEDIAN: $66,840

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$44,808 - $93,133  
$1,943 - $24,974  
Profit Sharing
$2,436 - $15,205  
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).
$46,034 - $113,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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Job Description for Equity Research Associate

Equity research associates support senior equity analysts in the research process, generating information, ideas, and reports. They create, distribute, and update financial models, as well as generate reports on companies and other entities of interest. These associates must be able to perform analysis on market events - and other significant events - as required by senior analysts and other managers. This position occasionally involves communicating financially dense material into common language for clients, prospective clients, and other employees. Equity research associates must regularly work with clients (either directly or in providing information to colleagues), answering their questions and responding to their needs.


Equity Research Associate Tasks

  • Prepare and deliver proprietary market research reports on specific industry for distribution to sophisticated institutional money managers.
  • Conduct thorough primary and secondary research and due diligence via SEC filings, company press releases, industry trade publications, Wall Street research notes and quarterly company conference calls.
  • Analyze macroeconomic and industry data, source and map market research to assess and describe current and long term trends,
  • Conduct grass roots surveys of industry-specific domestic and international players.
  • Conduct/compile financial statement analysis and forecasts for use in company updates and recommendations to clients.

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Popular Skills for Equity Research Associate

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Equity Research Associates who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Financial Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Financial Analysis tend to be well versed in Research Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,285

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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Equity Research Associates, 21 percent higher than the national average. Equity Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent). The lowest-paying positions for Equity Research Associates can be found in the Midwest. Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Chicago all face salaries below the national rate. Minneapolis and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Equity Research Associate Salaries

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Skills That Affect Equity Research Associate Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 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: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%