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Investment Manager Salary

Median pay for Investment Managers in the United States is around $85K annually. Total incomes of Investment Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $60K from bonuses and close to $19K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $50K and $189K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Investment Managers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. Work is enjoyable for Investment Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,587 - $148,102
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.
$49,587 - $148,102  
$2,000 - $59,980  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $19,000  
$3,000 - $25,000  
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).
$50,416 - $189,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200

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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 who transition into an upper level Portfolio Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Portfolio Manager makes $90K a year.

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Popular Skills for Investment Manager

Investment Managers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Portfolio Management, Investment Management, and Financial Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in Financial Analysis also know Portfolio Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Manager

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Investment Managers. The average inexperienced worker earns $72K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $110K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $164K.

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Experience Affects Investment Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Investment Manager Salaries

Investment Management

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Financial Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.


17 %
83 %

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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 10%