Investment Analyst Salary (United States)

About two-thirds of Investment Analysts report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $63,115 per year on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $42,231 to $106,273 per year. Total cash compensation varies from around $41,572 to approximately $91,147; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $21K and $14,639, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; the vast majority people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Investment Analysts are largely men, dominating the profession at 82 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Investment Analysts. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Investment Analyst Salary (?
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$41,572 - $91,147
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Investment Analyst Salary (?
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$14.19 - $45.80
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$41,572 - $91,147  
   
Bonus
$995 - $20,690  
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $14,639  
Total Pay (?
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$42,231 - $106,273  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 841
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$14.19 - $45.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.03  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$995 - $20,690  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $14,639  
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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$42,231 - $106,273  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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.

Investment Analyst Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Investment Analyst

Survey results suggest that Investment Analysts put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Research Analysis, Investment Management, and Investment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Data Analysis. A tool kit that includes Investment Management also typically contains Research Analysis and Portfolio Management. The majority of those who know Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel and Portfolio Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay for Investment Analysts increases steadily with experience. Pay increases are minimal for Investment Analysts just starting out. Salaries only go from $59K to $71K after a decade. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $100K. Those with 20 years of experience under their belt earn around $100K, finally climbing well into the six-figure pool. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Investment Analysts in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Investment Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Investment Analysts' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Investment Analysts in Indianapolis bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Philadelphia (-19 percent and -17 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Investment Analyst Salaries

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$63,000

Skills That Affect Investment Analyst Salaries

Investment Planning
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$63,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 237 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%
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