For Investment Bankers, bonuses and commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to more than double of their $106K annual pay. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $95K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $147K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Investment Bankers make a median salary of $120K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $228K. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,420 - $182,201
$50K
$88K
$180K
MEDIAN: $88,354
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$50,420 - $182,201  
   
Bonus
$3,915 - $74,497  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,684  
Commission
$90,000  
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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$57,043 - $225,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 177
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$25.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$3,915 - $74,497  
   
Commission
$90,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,684  
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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$57,043 - $225,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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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

  • 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.
  • Perform valuation analyses using various methodologies such as trading and transaction comparisons (comps), discounted cash flow and leveraged buyout (LBOs).
  • 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).

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Popular Employer Salaries for Investment Banker


The consistently lowest paying firm is J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where the median salary is just $147K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $66K to $621K.

Popular Skills for Investment Banker


Survey takers who work as Investment Bankers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Financial Modeling, Financial Analysis, and Mergers and Acquisitions can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 4 percent to 8 percent more than the national average. Most people experienced in Financial Analysis also 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

National Average: $106,029

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Investment Bankers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Investment Bankers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent) and Los Angeles (+2 percent). Investment Bankers in Houston make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Key Stats for Investment Banker

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$106,000


Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries

Financial Modeling
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National Average
$106,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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