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Investment Analyst Salary (United States)

Nearly three in five of Investment Analysts report fewer than five years in the field, and the median pay in this field is about $59K per year. Total incomes of Investment Analysts incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $21K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $42K and $106K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Investment Analysts are largely men, dominating the profession at 82 percent. Job satisfaction for Investment Analysts is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Investment Analyst Salary (?
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$41,572 - $91,147
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MEDIAN: $59,306
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Investment Analyst Salary (?
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$14.19 - $45.80
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,572 - $91,147  
   
Bonus
$995 - $20,690  
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $14,639  
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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$42,231 - $106,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 841
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $45.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$995 - $20,690  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $14,639  
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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$42,231 - $106,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Investment Analyst

Investment Analysts report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Research Analysis, Investment Management, and Investment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and Data Analysis. Most people skilled in Financial Analysis are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel and Portfolio Management. Most people experienced in 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.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Investment Analysts. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $59K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $71K. Investment Analysts bring in $96K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $140K. A strong majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than one-tenth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Investment Analysts that is 33 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Boston, San Francisco, Denver, and Dallas are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Investment Analysts earning around 22 percent, 22 percent, 13 percent, and 13 percent more than average. Compared to the national average, Indianapolis Investment Analysts have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Milwaukee (19 percent lower) and Philadelphia (17 percent lower).

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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

Investment Planning
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Financial Analysis
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Portfolio Management
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National Average
$63,000
Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 237 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%