Investment Analyst Salary

The average Investment Analyst in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $60K annually. Cash earnings for Investment Analysts — which occasionally include more than $24K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $44K to approximately $103K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Investment Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Investment Analysts (84 percent) who took the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,640 - $89,183
(Median)
$44K
$60K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,870
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$12.32 - $38.24
(Median)
$12
$21
$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,640 - $89,183  
   
Bonus
$975 - $24,444  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $13,591  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$44,137 - $103,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $38.24  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $43.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$975 - $24,444  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $13,591  
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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$44,137 - $103,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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While Investment Analysts do not often become Senior Investment Analysts, the job pays $91K per year on average. Investment Analysts typically move into roles as Portfolio Managers or Investment Consultants, and those positions pay $26K more and $14K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Investment Analyst


Investment Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Bloomberg, Investment Management, and Due Diligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Investment Planning, Client Interaction, and Microsoft Excel. People who know Investment Management usually also know Research Analysis and Portfolio Management. Most people skilled in Financial Analysis are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Analyst

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


For many Investment Analysts, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $60K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $75K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. 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

National Average: $64,102

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Investment Analysts, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Investment Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+24 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). The Midwest is anything but the land of opportunity for Investment Analysts. The region is home to the three lowest-paying cities in the field, with Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis all offering salaries below the national rate. Workers in Milwaukee and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

Investment Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as an Investment Analyst?

Investment Analyst in Malvern:
"Big impact role."
Pros: The role strongly impacts the growth of the business and there is opportunity to develop important financial skills with one's own initiative.
Cons: Vanguard's low cost culture means pay and investment in technology is a little less than competitors. I also get the sense that many jobs have been simplified so much that anyone can step into the role without a lot of past experience.

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Experience Affects Investment Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Investment Analyst Salaries


Bloomberg
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Portfolio Management
up arrow 2%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Market Research
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%


Client Interaction
up arrow 6%

Investment Planning
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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