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Investment Manager Salary

Salaries for Investment Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $62K and $18K, respectively — total cash payment to Investment Managers can bottom out near $57K or peak near $198K depending on individual performance. The vast majority of Investment Managers (82 percent) survey respondents are men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. For the most part, Investment Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,958 - $153,672
MEDIAN: $84,626

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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.
$51,958 - $153,672  
$2,250 - $61,815  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $18,383  
$0.00 - $25,434  
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).
$56,782 - $197,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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Job Description for Investment Manager

An investment manager manages the money invested by individual investors, institutions that are investing a portion of the company’s assets, and/or funds related to the company's pension plan. The investment manager must protect the current value of those investments, strategically choose the best manner in which to grow them, be on guard for changes in the climates of the various investment options available, and adjust their client’s investment positions as needed. Usually, they work with clients before investing to determine their goals and how they would like their investments to be managed. In addition to buying and selling of securities on their client’s behalf, they also must pay close attention to investment performance, settle transactions, and meet regulatory and client reporting requirements.


Investment Manager Tasks

  • Build investment portfolios which reflect clients’ needs and communicate portfolio status and changes to clients.
  • Analyze current investment strategies to evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Manage client investment portfolios, implementing strategies to maximize their financial returns.

Common Career Paths for Investment Manager

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Investment Managers may experience a cut in pay as they move up the career ladder. It is not unusual for Investment Managers to take an upper-level role like Portfolio Manager. On average, Portfolio Managers make $90K a year.

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Popular Skills for Investment Manager

Investment Managers report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Portfolio Management, Investment Management, and Financial Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in Financial Analysis indicates knowledge of Portfolio Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Manager

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $74K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $94K on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $113K on average. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $164K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Investment Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Investment Manager Salaries

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Investment Management
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Financial Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.


18 %
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 10%