Investment Banker Salary

For Investment Bankers, bonuses and commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to more than double of their $107K yearly pay. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $93K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $146K. Investment Bankers bring in $148K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $228K. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,091 - $190,943
$51K
$90K
$190K
MEDIAN: $90,122
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$51,091 - $190,943  
   
Bonus
$2,145 - $96,354  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $51,064  
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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$58,074 - $249,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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Hourly Rate
$25.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$28.50  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,145 - $96,354  
   
Commission
$90,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $51,064  
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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$58,074 - $249,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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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


Offering a median salary of only $140K, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $65K to $626K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Investment Banker


Survey takers who work as 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Mergers and Acquisitions. Most people experienced in Financial Analysis also know Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Banker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $106,743

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

For Investment Bankers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Investment Bankers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent) and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Investment Bankers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Investment Bankers in Houston bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average.

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Key Stats for Investment Banker

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 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 11 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

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: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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