Investment Analyst Salary

Earnings for Investment Analysts in the United States come in at around $59K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Investment Analysts stretch from $44K on the lower end to $103K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $21K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Investment Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Investment Analysts (84 percent) who took the survey. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,041 - $89,378
(Median)
$43K
$59K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,364
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$13.58 - $32.53
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$14
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$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,041 - $89,378  
   
Bonus
$996 - $20,692  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $12,479  
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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$43,629 - $102,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 973
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.58 - $32.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$996 - $20,692  
   
Profit Sharing
$984 - $12,479  
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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$43,629 - $102,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 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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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 show that Investment Analysts use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Research Analysis, Investment Management, and Market Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Data Analysis. A tool kit that includes Investment Management also typically contains Research Analysis and Portfolio Management. Most people skilled in Financial Analysis are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Analyst

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


Investment Analysts generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $59K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $73K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $93K. Investment Analysts who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $133K.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Investment Analysts, 34 percent above the national average. Investment Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and Denver (+19 percent). Investment Analysts in Indianapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Milwaukee and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 13 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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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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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
26%
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%