Investment Banker Salary

Compensation for Investment Bankers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($84K). With some bonuses approaching $103K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $30K, overall incomes of Investment Bankers spread between $45K and $287K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though geography and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Investment Bankers. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Investment Bankers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,646 - $198,161
(Median)
$44K
$84K
$200K
MEDIAN: $84,290
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$16.89 - $50.34
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$17
$21
$50
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$43,646 - $198,161  
   
Bonus
$983 - $103,424  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $30,000  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$44,829 - $286,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 264
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.89 - $50.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$983 - $103,424  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $30,000  
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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$44,829 - $286,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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 pay in the field with a median salary of just $146K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $296K.

Popular Skills for Investment Banker


Investment Bankers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Modeling, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, leading to increases ranging from 8 percent to 18 percent. Most people skilled in Financial Analysis are similarly competent in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Banker

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


Investment Bankers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The relatively untested earn a median of $98K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $120K. Investment Bankers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $125K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $176K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,037

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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Investment Bankers, 41 percent above the national average. Investment Bankers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+39 percent) and New York (+23 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$104,000


Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries

Financial Modeling
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National Average
$104,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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