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Investment Banker Salary

Investment Bankers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $82K per year. Final cash compensation to Investment Bankers varies from around $43K to approximately $292K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $142K and $150K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Investment Bankers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Investment Bankers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,332 - $199,135
(Median)
$41K
$82K
$200K
MEDIAN: $82,248
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$14.01 - $41.60
(Median)
$14
$18
$42
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$41,332 - $199,135  
   
Bonus
$987 - $142,256  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $150,000  
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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$43,146 - $292,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate 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$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.01 - $41.60  
   
Overtime
$7.00 - $43.88  
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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$987 - $142,256  
   
Commission
$1,957 - $17,879  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $150,000  
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).
)
$43,146 - $292,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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 Skills for Investment Banker


Investment Bankers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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 33 percent, 26 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Financial Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco 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 New York (+28 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 53%


National Average
$99,000


Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 33%

Financial Modeling
up arrow 26%


National Average
$99,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 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
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%
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