The average Financial Planner in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $61K per year. Total cash earnings of Financial Planners range from $40K near the bottom to $130K near the top, where some exceptional performers can get $21K each from bonuses and profit sharing, plus, in very few cases, commissions exceeding $133K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Financial Planners who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and over one-half have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,161 - $111,665  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $20,719  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $19,866  
Commission
$2,534 - $133,151  
Total Pay (?
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$39,908 - $130,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 604
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.17 - $48.18  
   
Overtime
$1.20 - $41.22  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,007 - $20,719  
   
Commission
$2,534 - $133,151  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $19,866  
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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$39,908 - $130,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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Job Description for Financial Planner

A financial planner is an individual who works for a bank or investment company that advises individuals on how to make most of their money by suggesting; in some situations, the planner makes investments and financial decisions for customers. This position requires strong analytical skills and an outgoing personality, as a financial institution expects its financial planners to effectively help and retain clients over a long period of time. The financial planner may also set up investment seminars to help build new business and educate clients.

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Financial Planner Tasks

  • Guide clients through financial self-analysis, including goal setting and advice to reach goals.
  • Assist clients with estate management, tax returns, budgets, or other financial tasks.
  • Follow-up with clients on plans, track successes, and inform about modifications.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Financial Planner


Self-Employed offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $152K.

Popular Skills for Financial Planner


Financial Planners seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Insurance, financial planning, Financial Advisor, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. Those listing Microsoft Excel as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Financial Modeling and Tax Preparation also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Financial Advisor are similarly competent in Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Financial Planner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Financial Planners. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $54K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $74K. Financial Planners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $99K. 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 $111K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,015

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Financial Planners, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Financial Planners will also find cushy salaries in Kansas City (+41 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and Denver (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Richmond also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Financial Planner

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Financial Planner Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Financial Planner Salaries

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financial planning
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Strategic Planning
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Investment Management
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National Average
$65,000

Tax Consulting
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Tax Preparation
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Financial Modeling
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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