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Investment Analyst Salary

Investment Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $59K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Investment Analysts varies from around $43K to approximately $102K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $21K and $12K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Investment Analysts who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Investment Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,830 - $88,982
(Median)
$43K
$59K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,183
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$13.58 - $32.53
(Median)
$14
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,830 - $88,982  
   
Bonus
$991 - $20,515  
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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$43,436 - $101,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 988
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.58 - $32.53  
   
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
$991 - $20,515  
   
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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$43,436 - $101,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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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 who move on to become Portfolio Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Portfolio Managers get paid an average of $90K per year.

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Popular Skills for Investment Analyst


Investment Analysts report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 skilled in Financial Analysis are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know 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 $73K. Investment Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $93K. 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


Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Investment Analysts in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Investment Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+29 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and Denver (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 27 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Milwaukee and 12 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 238 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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