Investment Analyst Salary

Investment Analysts in the United States pull down an average of $59K per year. Final cash compensation to Investment Analysts varies from around $44K to approximately $101K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $13K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Investment Analysts are male. Most Investment Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,105 - $88,351
(Median)
$43K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $59,236
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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
$43,105 - $88,351  
   
Bonus
$979 - $20,458  
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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$43,641 - $100,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,005
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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
$979 - $20,458  
   
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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$43,641 - $100,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Many Investment Analysts move into a Portfolio Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $90K per year.

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Popular Skills for Investment Analyst


Investment Analysts generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. The majority of those who know Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Investment Management also know Research Analysis and Portfolio Management.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $59K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $74K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 is home to an above-average pay rate for Investment Analysts, 32 percent higher than the national average. Investment Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+24 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Denver (+21 percent), and San Francisco (+19 percent). For Investment Analysts, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in the Midwest — Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis — not only report salaries that trail behind the national average, but are in fact the lowest-paid American cities for those in the field. Milwaukee and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 11 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




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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 9%
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