Equity Research Associate Salary

An average Equity Research Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $11K, respectively — total cash payment to Equity Research Associates can bottom out near $46K or peak near $115K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Equity Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Equity Research Associates who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$43,649 - $94,819
MEDIAN: $64,558

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$43,649 - $94,819  
$1,977 - $24,717  
Profit Sharing
$1,846 - $11,328  
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).
$45,571 - $115,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261

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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

Professional skills reported by Equity Research Associates are few in number. 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. It is often found that people who know Financial Analysis are also skilled in Research Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Equity Research Associates in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Equity Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+8 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Boston (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Equity Research Associate Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.


17 %
83 %

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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%