Investment Manager Salary

Median pay for Investment Managers in the United States is around $82K per year. In the world of Investment Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $51K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $18K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $51K and $185K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Investment Managers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,092 - $143,423

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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.
$50,092 - $143,423  
$1,163 - $51,133  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,383  
$0.00 - $993,293  
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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).
$51,014 - $185,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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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 typically list a handful of skills 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 and Portfolio Management. 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $66K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $93K on average. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $111K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $164K on average.

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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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Portfolio Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 10%