Investment Banker Salary

Although Investment Bankers across the nation make a median of $82K per year, late-career workers can earn a generous $188K. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $88K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $99K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $125K on average. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $188K. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,071 - $201,172

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$15.01 - $41.60

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$41,071 - $201,172  
   
Bonus
$973 - $138,086  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $147,949  
Commission
$4,000 - $12,500  
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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$43,931 - $291,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $41.60  
   
Overtime
$6.94 - $58.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$973 - $138,086  
   
Commission
$4,000 - $12,500  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $147,949  
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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$43,931 - $291,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 Employer Salaries for Investment Banker


Offering a median salary of only $120K, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $37K to $291K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Investment Banker


Survey takers who work as Investment Bankers report a focused set of job 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 23 percent, 19 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Financial Analysis also tend to know Mergers and Acquisitions.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Banker

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

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Investment Bankers, 47 percent above the national average. Investment Bankers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+46 percent) and New York (+25 percent).

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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 90%

Experienced
up arrow 26%


National Average
$99,000


Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 23%

Financial Modeling
up arrow 19%


National Average
$99,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
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: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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