In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $72K, over a third of overall earnings for Investment Advisors arrives through commissions. Total cash compensation for Investment Advisors runs from $42K to $179K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $49K and profit sharing that can reach almost $34K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by over one-half. Most Investment Advisors survey respondents are men (79 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,338 - $148,629
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$150K
MEDIAN: $63,585
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$10.14 - $246.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$39,338 - $148,629  
   
Bonus
$1,212 - $48,676  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $34,255  
Commission
$8,877 - $65,889  
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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$41,826 - $179,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $246.58  
   
Overtime
$32.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$1,212 - $48,676  
   
Commission
$8,877 - $65,889  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $34,255  
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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$41,826 - $179,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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

  • 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 Skills for Investment Advisor


Survey results show that Investment Advisors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Portfolio Management, Investment Management, Sales, and Investment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Financial Analysis and Investment Planning also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Investment Management are also skilled in Investment Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Advisor

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $54K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $81K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $119K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $124K.

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Key Stats for Investment Advisor

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Investment Advisor Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Investment Advisor Salaries



National Average
$72,000

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Financial Analysis
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Client Interaction
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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