Investment Advisor Salary

For Investment Advisors, bonuses and commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to just under nine in ten of their $73K annual pay. Total cash compensation for Investment Advisors runs from $41K to $193K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $50K and profit sharing that can reach almost $30K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Investment Advisors survey respondents are men (78 percent). Work is enjoyable for Investment Advisors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,282 - $147,715

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$10.07 - $153.19

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National Salary 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$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$39,282 - $147,715  
   
Bonus
$995 - $49,594  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $29,933  
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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$40,912 - $192,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$995 - $49,594  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $317,854  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $29,933  
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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$40,912 - $192,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 report using a pretty varied skill set 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. Most people skilled in Investment Management are similarly competent in Investment Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Advisor

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


Investment Advisors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $53K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $80K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $122K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $146K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Investment Advisor Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Investment Advisor Salaries



Sales
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Investment Planning
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National Average
$73,000

Client Interaction
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%
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