Investment Advisor Salary (United States)

Investment Advisors in the United States typically take home $69,764 per year. Pay begins at $39,148 on the low end and climbs to $183,877 per year near the top. Cash earnings of Investment Advisors—including $44K bonuses, $24K profit sharing proceeds, and $320,000 commissions near the top of the pay scale—stretch from approximately $37,610 to approximately $147,719 depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and 41 percent have vision insurance, as well. Making up 75 percent of the field, male Investment Advisors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Investment Advisor Salary (?
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$37,610 - $147,719
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MEDIAN: $61,231
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Investment Advisor Salary (?
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$11.00 - $92.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$37,610 - $147,719  
   
Bonus
$805 - $44,042  
Profit Sharing
$1,169 - $23,588  
Commission
$900 - $320,000  
Total Pay (?
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$39,148 - $183,877  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $92.00  
   
Overtime
$21.93 - $41.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$805 - $44,042  
   
Commission
$900 - $320,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,169 - $23,588  
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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$39,148 - $183,877  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Sales, Investment Planning, and Portfolio Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 28 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Client Interaction, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people who know 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.
Pay for Investment Advisors increases steadily with experience. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $51K to $79K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belt earn around $120K, climbing well into the six-figure pool. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Investment Advisors encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $150K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Investment Advisors that is 12 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. One of the biggest compensable factors for Investment Advisors is geography, with workers in Cincinnati earning a whopping 35 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Investment Advisor Salaries

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$70,000

Skills That Affect Investment Advisor Salaries

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$70,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 18%
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