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Investment Banker Salary

Although Investment Bankers across the nation make a median of $82K per year, experienced workers can earn a generous $164K. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $88K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $103K. For Investment Bankers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $164K. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$43,112 - $201,103
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MEDIAN: $81,558
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$12.96 - $45.90
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National Salary Data

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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$43,112 - $201,103  
   
Bonus
$977 - $142,941  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $152,051  
Commission
$1,957 - $17,879  
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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$44,261 - $296,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.96 - $45.90  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $62.40  
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
$977 - $142,941  
   
Commission
$1,957 - $17,879  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $152,051  
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).
)
$44,261 - $296,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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 $110K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $291K.

Popular Skills for Investment Banker


Investment Bankers report a narrow range of 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 38 percent, 14 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Financial Analysis indicates knowledge of Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pay Difference by Location


Investment Bankers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Investment Bankers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 65%


National Average
$99,000


Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 38%

Financial Modeling
up arrow 14%


National Average
$99,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%