Earnings for Investment Managers in the United States come in at around $83K per year on average. Total incomes of Investment Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $52K from bonuses and close to $35K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $51K and $185K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Investment Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,653 - $146,799
MEDIAN: $82,716

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$48,653 - $146,799  
$1,014 - $51,739  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $34,765  
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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).
$50,516 - $184,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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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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Many Investment Managers move into a Portfolio Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Portfolio Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Investment Managers.

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Popular Skills for Investment Manager

Survey takers who work as Investment Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Financial Analysis and Investment Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Portfolio Management. Most people familiar with Investment Management also know Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Investment Manager

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

For many Investment Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $65K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $100K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $126K. Investment Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $141K.

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Portfolio Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


22 %
78 %

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: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 11%