Investment Analyst Salary

Average Investment Analysts in the United States make around $62K annually. With some bonuses approaching $24K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Investment Analysts spread between $44K and $103K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Investment Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Investment Analysts are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,027 - $89,735
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$62K
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MEDIAN: $61,861
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$14.58 - $38.00
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$0$103K
Salary $43,027 - $89,735
Bonus $1,010 - $23,964
Profit Sharing $515 - $13,213
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$43,745 - $103,302
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 779
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $14.58 - $38.00
Overtime $30.41 - $48.74
Annual Data $0$103K
Bonus $1,010 - $23,964
Profit Sharing $515 - $13,213
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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$43,745 - $103,302
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 29

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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

  • Conduct research and analysis to evaluate the financial performance of companies or industries.
  • Assist in developing investment strategies for companies or individuals.
  • Make recommendations for investments based on company and industry research.

Common Career Paths for Investment Analyst


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Investment Analysts do not often transition into Investment Manager roles. The role averages $95K per year. Career advancement for the typical Investment Analyst often leads to becoming a Portfolio Manager or a Senior Investment Analyst; median salaries in these positions are $24K higher and $25K higher, respectively.

Investment Analyst Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Investment Analyst


Employees at Prudential Financial Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $74K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $61K and higher ones not far away at only $98K.

Popular Skills for Investment Analyst


Investment Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Investment Planning, Financial Modeling, and Performance Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Trade Compliance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Client Interaction and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel and Research Analysis. Those familiar with Investment Management tend to be well versed in Research Analysis and Portfolio Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Analyst

Pay by Experience for an Investment Analyst has a positive trend. An entry-level Investment Analyst with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 605 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Investment Analyst with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 187 salaries. An experienced Investment Analyst which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 62 salaries. An Investment Analyst with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,719

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

For Investment Analysts, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Investment Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Denver (+15 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). For Investment Analysts, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in the Midwest — St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis — not only report salaries that trail behind the national average, but are in fact the lowest-paid American cities for those in the field. Employers pay around 21 percent less in Milwaukee and 18 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Investment Analyst Reviews

Q: 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.

Investment Analyst in San Jose:
"Working hard."
Pros: I like working solo and producing excellent output.
Cons: I do not like the last minute, unscheduled tasks that interrupt my day.

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Key Stats for Investment Analyst

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Investment Analyst Salaries

▲62%

▲25%

▲19%

National Average
$67,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Investment Analyst Salaries

Investment Planning
▲39%


Performance Analysis
▲8%



Bloomberg
▲5%



National Average
$67,000

Financial Analysis
▼1%



Bloomberg Terminal
▼5%


Client Interaction
▼10%

Trade Compliance
▼37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 12%
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