Equity Research Associate Salary

Equity Research Associates in the United States pull down an average of $65K per year. Overall cash earnings for Equity Research Associates stretch from $46K on the lower end to $115K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $25K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Equity Research Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. Equity Research Associates who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 84 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$44,234 - $95,653
MEDIAN: $64,666

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$44,234 - $95,653  
$1,932 - $24,658  
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).
$45,686 - $114,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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

Survey results show that Equity Research Associates typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Financial Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Financial Analysis also know Research Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Equity Research Associates in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Equity Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (7 percent less) and Boston (5 percent less).

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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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Microsoft Excel

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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.


16 %
84 %

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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%