Annual compensation for Investment Bankers is typically heavily supplemented by bonuses and commissions and totals around $103K (including $91K from bonuses and commissions). Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $97K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $133K. Investment Bankers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $110K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $228K on average. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,661 - $171,955
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MEDIAN: $89,265
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$50,661 - $171,955  
   
Bonus
$2,100 - $73,698  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $35,000  
Commission
$70,000  
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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$56,277 - $218,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,100 - $73,698  
   
Commission
$70,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $35,000  
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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$56,277 - $218,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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


Survey takers who work as Investment Bankers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Financial Modeling, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, leading to increases ranging from 6 percent to 10 percent. Those educated in Financial Analysis tend to be well versed in 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: $103,224

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Investment Bankers, 40 percent higher than the national average. Investment Bankers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent) and Los Angeles (+1 percent). Investment Bankers in Houston take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Investment Banker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$103,000


Skills That Affect Investment Banker Salaries

Financial Modeling
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National Average
$103,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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