Job Description for Paraplanner
A paraplanner is the junior member of a financial planning team, usually working under the direction of a senior financial planner. The paraplanner performs several of the necessary tasks in developing a financial plan for a customer. First, they gather financial reports and records from the client. Next, the paraplanner reviews the client's financial records and starts creating and modeling different possible financial scenarios. In the process of creating these scenarios, the paraplanner determines how assets should be allocated and ultimately uses this information to make recommendations on which financial plan should be followed.Read More...
Besides generating the financial scenario reports for a client, a paraplanner also assists a financial planner in preparing the presentation of the information to the client. To this end, the paraplanner produces charts, graphs, and histograms to act as visual aids to educate the client and help the client make an informed decision. Additionally, the paraplanner must be on hand to answer any questions and concerns that a client may have. After the report presentation, and after the client makes a decision as to which financial plan to follow, the paraplanner follows up with the client and any necessary staff to ensure that the plan is followed, and to help making changes to the plan over time.
Paraplanners usually work in office settings for financial management firms. Travel may be occasionally required to meet with clients at their place of business. Most firms require that a paraplanner have an associate's degree with some experience in the industry, or a bachelor's degree and some relevant certifications.
- Support financial advisors in serving clients by preparing for meetings, investment research, making preliminary financial planning recommendations, and coordinate marketing events.
- Research financial databases and products that match clients' needs.
- Construct visual aides including charts, graphs, and tables to be used in meetings with clients.
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Popular Skills for Paraplanner
Paraplanners generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Financial Modeling, Customer Service, Financial Reporting, and Investment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Office Administration. Most people who know Financial Analysis also know Client Interaction.
Pay by Experience Level for Paraplanner
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. Paraplanners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $57K.