Investment Analyst Salary

Investment Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $59K per year on average. In the world of Investment Analysts, total cash compensation can vary between $44K and $101K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $13K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Investment Analysts. The vast majority (84 percent) of Investment Analysts who answered the questionnaire are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,204 - $88,624
(Median)
$43K
$59K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,296
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$12.50 - $31.37
(Median)
$13
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,204 - $88,624  
   
Bonus
$982 - $20,418  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $12,868  
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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$43,784 - $100,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,000
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $31.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$982 - $20,418  
   
Profit Sharing
$988 - $12,868  
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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$43,784 - $100,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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Job Description for Investment Analyst

An investment analyst works within a group that reviews and potentially approves investment products. Their responsibilities may also cover making recommendations to advisors on portfolio management, asset allocation, and the full range of investment products that advisors might use in their daily work. Other responsibilities of an investment analyst include conducting research on funds and writing commentary or analysis, supporting advisors, delivering presentations on investment topics, and supporting asset management programs.

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Investment Analyst Tasks

  • Make recommendations for investments based on company and industry research.
  • Assist in developing investment strategies for companies or individuals.
  • Conduct research and analysis to evaluate the financial performance of companies or industries.

Common Career Paths for Investment Analyst


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Investment Analysts who move on to become Portfolio Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Portfolio Managers get paid an average of $90K per year.

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Popular Skills for Investment Analyst


Investment Analysts report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Research Analysis, Investment Management, and Due Diligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Investment Management are also skilled in Research Analysis and Portfolio Management. Those educated in Financial Analysis tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Analyst

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $59K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $74K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $93K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $133K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Investment Analysts, New York offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Investment Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+24 percent), Boston (+22 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Denver (+20 percent). For Investment Analysts, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis, three midwestern cities, are home to the lowest salaries in the United States, all claiming a rate below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Milwaukee (17 percent lower) and Minneapolis (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Investment Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Investment Analyst Salaries




Due Diligence
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Market Research
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Financial Analysis
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Portfolio Management
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National Average
$63,000

Investment Planning
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 8%
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