Investment Analyst Salary

The average Investment Analyst in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $59K annually. Total cash compensation to Investment Analysts bottoms out near $44K and approaches $100K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more male Investment Analysts survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,219 - $88,246

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$12.50 - $31.37

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,219 - $88,246  
   
Bonus
$974 - $20,438  
Profit Sharing
$987 - $12,355  
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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$43,719 - $100,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,001
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Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $31.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$974 - $20,438  
   
Profit Sharing
$987 - $12,355  
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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$43,719 - $100,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Portfolio Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $90K per year.

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Popular Skills for Investment Analyst


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Investment Management, Research Analysis, and Due Diligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and Data Analysis. Most people skilled in Investment Management are similarly competent in Research Analysis and Portfolio Management. The majority of those who know Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Analyst

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $59K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $73K. Investment Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $93K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $133K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Investment Analysts, 32 percent above the national average. Investment Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+24 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Denver (+22 percent), and San Francisco (+18 percent). Investment Analysts earn a smaller-than-average sum in the Midwest: In particular, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis have pay rates lower than anywhere else in the country, all facing salaries below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Minneapolis (18 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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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





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

Investment Planning
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 222 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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 9%
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