Investment Banker Salary

Annual compensation for Investment Bankers is typically heavily supplemented by bonuses and commissions and totals around $107K (including $111K from bonuses and commissions). Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $93K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $146K. On average, Investment Bankers make $148K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $228K on average. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$51,057 - $199,667
$51K
$90K
$200K
MEDIAN: $89,744
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$19.52 - $40.69
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MEDIAN: $27.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$51,057 - $199,667  
   
Bonus
$2,129 - $98,811  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,684  
Commission
$90,000  
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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$58,726 - $289,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$27.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,129 - $98,811  
   
Commission
$90,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,684  
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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$58,726 - $289,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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Job Description for Investment Banker

When companies, organizations, or government entities need to raise capital, one of the best ways to do so is to turn to the services of an investment banker. Investment bankers are the highly skilled professionals at financial institutions who examine an entity's financial health, capital needs, and goals. Then they recommend a strategy to improve or manifest them. The investment banker then acts as a go-between for the organization looking to raise money and those looking to make financial investments.

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Investment Banker Tasks

  • Assist companies, organizations, governments and their agencies in raising public or private money through debt and/or equity.
  • Construct fully integrated, detailed financial models to support Merger and Acquisitions (M&A) transactions and Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) communications.
  • Perform valuation analyses using various methodologies such as trading and transaction comparisons (comps), discounted cash flow and leveraged buyout (LBOs).
  • Conduct industry and company research to engage clients and develop new business.
  • Participate and manage all stages of the transaction process from opening pitch to closing investment contract(s).

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Popular Employer Salaries for Investment Banker


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $140K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $65K to $626K.

Popular Skills for Investment Banker


Investment Bankers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, and Mergers and Acquisitions can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Mergers and Acquisitions. The majority of those who know Financial Analysis also know Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Banker

Pay by Experience for an Investment Banker has a positive trend. An entry-level Investment Banker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 117 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Investment Banker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $146,000 based on 47 salaries. An experienced Investment Banker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $148,000 based on 38 salaries. An Investment Banker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $228,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $106,743

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With a pay rate for Investment Bankers that is 36 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Investment Bankers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent) and Los Angeles (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Key Stats for Investment Banker

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Late-Career
▲113%

▲39%

▲37%

National Average
$107,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries



National Average
$107,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 8%
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