Investment Manager Salary

Investment Managers in the United States take home an average $85K annually. With bonuses occasionally running north of $61K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $18K, and a few commissions as high as $979K, total income for Investment Managers can range between $53K and $194K according to individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Investment Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 80 percent of Investment Managers are male. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$51,412 - $147,750
MEDIAN: $85,112

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$51,412 - $147,750  
$1,939 - $60,712  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,121  
$0.00 - $978,714  
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).
$53,094 - $194,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
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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.

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Investment Managers who go on to become Portfolio Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Portfolio Manager, an upper-level role, pays $91K.

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Popular Skills for

Investment Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Investment Management, Portfolio Management, and Financial Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Financial Analysis. Those proficient in Financial Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Portfolio Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Investment Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $73K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $97K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $112K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $169K on average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

National Average

Investment Management
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Portfolio Management
up arrow 3%

Financial Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.


20 %
80 %

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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 10%