Investment Manager Salary

Median pay for Investment Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $86K per year. Overall compensation packages to Investment Managers range from $54K on the low end to $194K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $61K and profit sharing that approaches $16K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $979K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Investment Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,286 - $146,096
MEDIAN: $85,643

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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.
$51,286 - $146,096  
$1,973 - $61,497  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,547  
$0.00 - $978,714  
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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).
$53,502 - $193,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 236
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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 go on to become Portfolio Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Portfolio Manager, an upper-level role, pays $90K.

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Popular Skills for Investment Manager

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Investment Managers who took the survey. Those who have experience with Investment Management, Financial Analysis, and Portfolio Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people skilled in Investment Management are similarly competent in Financial Analysis.

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 $73K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $93K on average. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $113K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $169K.

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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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Portfolio Management

Financial Analysis

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.


21 %
79 %

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: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 10%