Investment Analyst Salary

Investment Analysts in the United States take home an average $60K per year. Final cash compensation to Investment Analysts varies from around $44K to approximately $103K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $24K and $14K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number 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 data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,640 - $89,183
(Median)
$44K
$60K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,870
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$12.32 - $38.24
(Median)
$12
$21
$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,640 - $89,183  
   
Bonus
$975 - $24,444  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $13,591  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$44,137 - $103,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $38.24  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $43.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$975 - $24,444  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $13,591  
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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$44,137 - $103,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Investment Analysts sometimes become Senior Investment Analysts, where the average income is $91K per year. Career advancement for the typical Investment Analyst often leads to becoming a Portfolio Manager or an Investment Consultant; median salaries in these positions are $26K higher and $14K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Investment Analyst


Investment Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Bloomberg, Investment Management, and Due Diligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Investment Planning, Client Interaction, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel. Skill sets containing Investment Management also tend to include 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $60K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $75K. For Investment Analysts, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $133K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,102

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

With a pay rate for Investment Analysts that is 30 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Investment Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+24 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). Investment Analysts in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis — the lowest-paid cities for Investment Analysts in the Midwest and the United States — deal with compensation below the national average. Employers in Milwaukee and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Investment Analyst Reviews

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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Experience Affects Investment Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 107%



National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Investment Analyst Salaries


Bloomberg
up arrow 9%




Portfolio Management
up arrow 2%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Market Research
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%


Client Interaction
up arrow 6%

Investment Planning
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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