Equity Research Associate Salary

Equity Research Associates in the United States take home an average $64K annually. In the world of Equity Research Associates, overall income ranges from $45K near the bottom to $110K at the top; this can include more than $23K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Equity Research Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Equity Research Associates (83 percent) who took the survey are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,058 - $91,802

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$44,058 - $91,802  
$1,555 - $22,526  
Profit Sharing
$1,855 - $11,286  
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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).
$45,162 - $109,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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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 takers who work as Equity Research Associates report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Financial Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Financial Analysis also tend to know Research Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Equity Research Associates in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Boston (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Equity Research Associate Salaries

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Skills That Affect Equity Research Associate Salaries

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Microsoft Excel

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 12%