Investment Banker Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, more than half of Investment Bankers report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $99,633 annually on average. Starting salaries hover around $88K but quickly overtake six figures to $104K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $165K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 14 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Investment Banker Salary (?
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$41,155 - $201,088
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MEDIAN: $81,590
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Investment Banker Salary (?
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$12.37 - $48.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$41,155 - $201,088  
   
Bonus
$970 - $139,061  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $225,000  
Commission
$2,011 - $14,740  
Total Pay (?
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$43,277 - $291,886  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $62.40  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$970 - $139,061  
   
Commission
$2,011 - $14,740  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $225,000  
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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$43,277 - $291,886  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Investment Banker

  • 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

Though heading up the field in terms of compensation—The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. offers the highest median salary at $118,401—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $77K and reaching $257,605. The pay scale is far from balanced at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC). While salaries on one end can reach $290,874, the company's median pay sits at $110,000, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Investment Banker

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Investment Bankers who took the survey. 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 38 percent, 19 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Financial Analysis also know Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pay Difference By Location

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Investment Bankers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Investment Bankers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent) and Chicago (+5 percent).

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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$100,000

Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
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Financial Modeling
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$100,000

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Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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