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Investment Analyst Salary

An average Investment Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $59K annually. Total cash compensation to Investment Analysts bottoms out near $44K and approaches $102K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $21K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Investment Analysts are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Investment Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,036 - $88,963
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$43K
$59K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,239
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$13.81 - $32.18
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,036 - $88,963  
   
Bonus
$990 - $20,501  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $12,327  
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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$43,691 - $101,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 989
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $32.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$990 - $20,501  
   
Profit Sharing
$988 - $12,327  
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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$43,691 - $101,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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


Survey results imply that Investment Analysts put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Investment Management, Research Analysis, and Market Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Investment Analysts, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $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 (+29 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and Denver (+20 percent). Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis — each tucked away in the Midwest — report salaries below the national rate for Investment Analysts, labeling the region an undesirable location for those looking to make more money in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Minneapolis (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




Market Research
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Due Diligence
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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
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 237 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 8%
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