Investment Analyst Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, 61 percent of Investment Analysts have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $63,115 per year. Compensation starts at $42,231 and can reach $106,273 per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all workers enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The vast majority (82 percent) of Investment Analysts are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's 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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Salary
$41,572 - $91,147  
   
Bonus
$995 - $20,690  
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $14,639  
Total Pay (?
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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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$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

Survey results show that Investment Analysts use a fair number of 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Data Analysis. Most people who know Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel and Portfolio Management. Most people skilled in Investment Management are similarly competent in 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 Investment Analysts, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. At career start, salaries are typically $59K, which grows only modestly to $71K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $100K. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Investment Analysts approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $140K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—the greater part of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Investment Analysts, New York offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Investment Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Investment Analysts in Indianapolis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Milwaukee (-19 percent) and Philadelphia (-17 percent).

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Experience Affects Investment Analyst Salaries

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$63,000

Skills That Affect Investment Analyst Salaries

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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%