Investment Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $61K annually. Total incomes of Investment Analysts incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $24K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $44K and $102K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. The vast majority of Investment Analysts (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Investment Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,483 - $87,582
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MEDIAN: $61,202
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$13.25 - $41.50
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,483 - $87,582  
   
Bonus
$997 - $23,968  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $13,089  
Commission
$5,750  
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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$44,091 - $101,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 749
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.25 - $41.50  
   
Overtime
$30.52 - $49.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$997 - $23,968  
   
Commission
$5,750  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $13,089  
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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$44,091 - $101,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Investment Analyst. The latter position pays an average of $92K annually. When Investment Analysts are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Portfolio Managers or Investment Consultants. Those roles pay an additional $25K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Investment Analyst


The biggest paychecks can be found at Prudential Financial Inc. — the median salary there is $84K.

Popular Skills for Investment Analyst


Investment Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Investment Planning, Financial Modeling, and Investment Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Trade Compliance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Performance Analysis and Client Interaction also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Investment Management also know Research Analysis and Portfolio Management. Those familiar with Financial Analysis also tend to know Microsoft Excel and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Analyst

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Investment Analysts. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $61K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $79K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $81K in this role. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,778

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

For Investment Analysts, New York provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Investment Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), and Denver (+18 percent). Midwestern cities St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis are less-than-lucrative areas for Investment Analysts, where pay is not only lower than the national average but also represents the three lowest-paid areas in the country. Workers in Milwaukee and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 17 percent less, respectively).

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.

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Key Stats for Investment Analyst

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Investment Analyst Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Investment Analyst Salaries

Investment Planning
up arrow 41%



Bloomberg
up arrow 7%




Financial Analysis
0%

National Average
$66,000


Bloomberg Terminal
up arrow 3%



Client Interaction
up arrow 9%

Performance Analysis
up arrow 24%

Trade Compliance
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
58%
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: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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