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Investment Advisor Salary

For Investment Advisors, bonuses and commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to nearly 100 percent of their $74K yearly pay. Total incomes of Investment Advisors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $50K from bonuses and close to $29K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $40K and $195K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Investment Advisors report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Investment Advisors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,975 - $149,294
(Median)
$39K
$64K
$150K
MEDIAN: $63,860
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$10.07 - $153.19
(Median)
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$20
$150
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$38,975 - $149,294  
   
Bonus
$993 - $49,963  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $29,233  
Commission
$-0.49 - $317,854  
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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$40,438 - $195,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $153.19  
   
Overtime
$29.64 - $43.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$993 - $49,963  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $317,854  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $29,233  
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).
)
$40,438 - $195,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Investment Advisor

Banks and financial institutions employ investment advisors to work with existing customers to update their portfolio as needs, economic climate, and and their financial situations change. The advisor also works to attract new clients and customers as well, marketing themselves and their financial institution’s investment services.

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Investment Advisor Tasks

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

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Popular Skills for Investment Advisor


Investment Advisors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Portfolio Management, Investment Management, Sales, and Investment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Client Interaction, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. For most people, competency in Investment Management indicates knowledge of Investment Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Advisor

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Investment Advisors. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $54K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $80K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $123K. Investment Advisors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $146K.

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Experience Affects Investment Advisor Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Investment Advisor Salaries



Sales
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National Average
$74,000

Investment Planning
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Client Interaction
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 20%
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