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Financial Advisor Salary with Investment Planning skills (United States)

A large fraction of take-home pay for Financial Advisors with Investment Planning skills comes from commissions — roughly a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $73K. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $40K and $19K, respectively — total cash payment to Financial Advisors with Investment Planning skills can bottom out near $36K or peak near $216K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the specific employer and geography. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Financial Advisors with Investment Planning skills. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Financial Advisor with Investment Planning skills Salary (?
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$29,288 - $150,203
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150K
MEDIAN: $59,486
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Financial Advisor with Investment Planning skills Salary (?
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$10.82 - $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$29,288 - $150,203  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,175  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $19,115  
Commission
$3,200 - $172,952  
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).
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$36,375 - $215,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 421
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.82 - $29.00  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $29.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,175  
   
Commission
$3,200 - $172,952  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $19,115  
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).
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$36,375 - $215,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Popular Employer Salaries for Financial Advisor with Investment Planning skills

Financial Advisors with Investment Planning skills flock to Merrill Lynch & Co Inc, Ameriprise Financial, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Edward Jones, and Wells Fargo & Co., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc pays the most with a median salary of $150K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $50K to a high of $593K.
Ameriprise Financial, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary 200 percent less than the top paying company ($50K).

Pay by Experience Level for Financial Advisor with Investment Planning skills

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $85K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $128K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $182K.

Pay Difference By Location

Cincinnati
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New York
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Denver
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Atlanta
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Houston
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San Francisco
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St. Louis
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Dallas
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$73,000
Phoenix
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Tampa
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Indianapolis
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Financial Advisors with Investment Planning skills, Cincinnati provides a pay rate that is 64 percent greater than the national average. Financial Advisors with Investment Planning skills can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+43 percent), Denver (+37 percent), Atlanta (+36 percent), and Houston (+30 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Financial Advisors with Investment Planning skills earning much less — 40 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Phoenix (29 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).
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Experience Affects Financial Advisor with Investment Planning skills Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$73,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 20%