Investment Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $61K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $21K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Investment Analysts spread between $44K and $100K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and tenure. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority (83 percent) of Investment Analysts who answered the questionnaire are male. Most Investment Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,364 - $86,300
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$43K
$61K
$86K
MEDIAN: $60,742
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$12.67 - $44.38
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$13
$24
$44
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,364 - $86,300  
   
Bonus
$988 - $21,443  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $12,750  
Commission
$5,750  
Total Pay (?
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$44,021 - $100,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 748
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $44.38  
   
Overtime
$31.79 - $49.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$988 - $21,443  
   
Commission
$5,750  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $12,750  
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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$44,021 - $100,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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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While Investment Analysts do not often become Senior Investment Analysts, the job pays $91K per year on average. Portfolio Managers or Investment Consultants are common next-step roles for Investment Analysts moving up in their careers; annual pay for Portfolio Managers is $25K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Investment Consultants.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Investment Analyst


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Prudential Financial Inc. offers the most; Investment Analysts earn $84K on average there.

Popular Skills for Investment Analyst


Survey takers working as Investment Analysts report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Investment Planning, Financial Modeling, and Investment Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 10 percent, and 8 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. Most people familiar with Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel and Research Analysis. It is often found that people who know Investment Management are also skilled 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 many Investment Analysts, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $61K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $79K. Investment Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $81K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,242

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

For those looking to make money, Investment Analysts in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Investment Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), and San Francisco (+18 percent). For Investment Analysts, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in the Midwest — St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis — not only report salaries that trail behind the national average, but are in fact the lowest-paid American cities for those in the field. Milwaukee and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 17 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 27%



National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Investment Analyst Salaries

Investment Planning
up arrow 42%



Bloomberg
up arrow 8%


Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

Portfolio Management
up arrow 4%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$65,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Market Research
up arrow 3%


Client Interaction
up arrow 8%

Performance Analysis
up arrow 29%

Trade Compliance
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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