Investment Analyst Salary

For Investment Analysts, annual average wages total $62K per year. Total cash earnings of Investment Analysts range from $44K on the low end to $102K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $23K and $13K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Investment Analysts are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,307 - $88,914  
   
Bonus
$987 - $23,122  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $13,409  
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$43,733 - $102,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 764
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$14.19 - $37.48  
   
Overtime
$30.64 - $48.24  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$987 - $23,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$592 - $13,409  
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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$43,733 - $102,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Investment Analysts move into roles as Investment Managers, where pay is an average $95K per year. Investment Analysts typically move into roles as Portfolio Managers or Senior Investment Analysts, and those positions pay $24K more and $26K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Investment Analyst


Prudential Financial Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $74K, though there is little variation overall ($61K to $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 40 percent, 12 percent, and 10 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 familiar with Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel and Research Analysis. Skill sets containing Investment Management also tend to include 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: $65,939

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

For Investment Analysts, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Investment Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent), Boston (+18 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis — 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. Milwaukee and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 20 percent lower and 17 percent lower, 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 132 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Investment Analyst Salaries

▲64%

▲27%

▲21%

National Average
$66,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Investment Analyst Salaries

Investment Planning
▲40%


Performance Analysis
▲10%



Bloomberg
▲6%



Financial Analysis
▲1%

National Average
$66,000



Bloomberg Terminal
▼4%


Client Interaction
▼9%

Trade Compliance
▼36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 12%
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