Investment Banker Salary

Median pay for Investment Bankers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $82K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $144K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $43K and hits $295K on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Investment Bankers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Investment Bankers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,929 - $200,550
(Median)
$41K
$82K
$200K
MEDIAN: $81,941
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$14.11 - $41.40
(Median)
$14
$19
$41
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$40,929 - $200,550  
   
Bonus
$975 - $143,596  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $150,000  
Commission
$3,052 - $14,740  
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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$43,090 - $295,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $41.40  
   
Overtime
$6.88 - $59.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$975 - $143,596  
   
Commission
$3,052 - $14,740  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $150,000  
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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$43,090 - $295,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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

  • 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).
  • Perform valuation analyses using various methodologies such as trading and transaction comparisons (comps), discounted cash flow and leveraged buyout (LBOs).
  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Investment Banker


The pay scale is far from balanced at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC). While salaries on one end can reach $291K, the company's median pay sits at $120K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Investment Banker


Investment Bankers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Modeling, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 24 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Most people who know Financial Analysis also know Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Investment Bankers that is 47 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 (+28 percent) and Chicago (+7 percent).

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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$98,000


Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 29%

Financial Modeling
up arrow 24%


National Average
$98,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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