Investment Banker Salary

Investment Bankers in the United States pull down an average of $82K annually. Total cash compensation to Investment Bankers varies from $43K to $296K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $144K each. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Most Investment Bankers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Investment Bankers survey respondents are men (74 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,867 - $200,786
(Median)
$41K
$82K
$200K
MEDIAN: $81,778
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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
$40,867 - $200,786  
   
Bonus
$974 - $143,908  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $148,994  
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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$42,921 - $296,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $41.40  
   
Overtime
$6.88 - $59.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$974 - $143,908  
   
Commission
$3,052 - $14,740  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $148,994  
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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$42,921 - $296,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $120K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $37K and $291K.

Popular Skills for Investment Banker


Job skills reported by Investment Bankers are limited. 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 26 percent, 22 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Financial Analysis also know Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Investment Bankers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 48 percent above the national average. Investment Bankers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 41%

National Average
$98,000



Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 26%

Financial Modeling
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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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