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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 all of their $72K annual pay. With some bonuses approaching $50K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $29K, overall incomes of Investment Advisors spread between $40K and $193K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Investment Advisors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$38,868 - $149,524
(Median)
$39K
$62K
$150K
MEDIAN: $62,188
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90%

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$10.07 - $153.19
(Median)
$10
$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
$38,868 - $149,524  
   
Bonus
$956 - $49,738  
Profit Sharing
$1,036 - $28,906  
Commission
$0.00 - $320,000  
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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$40,477 - $193,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
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
$29.58 - $43.73  
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.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$956 - $49,738  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $320,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,036 - $28,906  
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).
)
$40,477 - $193,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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, facility with Portfolio Management, Investment Management, and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 14 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Client Interaction, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with Investment Management also know Investment Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Advisor

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Investment Advisors. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $54K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $78K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $121K. 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 $146K.

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Experience Affects Investment Advisor Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Investment Advisor Salaries



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Investment Planning
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National Average
$72,000

Client Interaction
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%