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Quantitative Analyst Salary

Quantitative Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $82K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Quantitative Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Quantitative Analysts who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$50,898 - $118,032
MEDIAN: $81,683

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$51,226 - $136,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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Job Description for Quantitative Analyst

Quantitative analysts, or "quants," are masters of statistics who work in the financial world. They analyze statistics and market trends to make determinations based on the study and analysis of current financial trends and past economic patterns. Using this information, they create models for trading equities and futures. These financial engineers use educated speculation and logical analysis to make the best possible investment decisions for their employers. They work with a team of mathematicians, engineers and physicists to develop optimal systematic strategies for trading stock. They also write programs, research and perform daily statistical analysis, and solve problems to optimize trading strategies. This requires working with high-end mathematics to determine the appropriate levels of risk management and derivative pricing. They must also maintain and modify these analytical models while in use and define and recommend model specifications or data collection methods. Quantitative analysts produce written summaries interpreting results of their analytical procedures to present to their employers and clients. Using all this information, they write requirement documentation that will be used by software developers. Their duties also include researching new products or analytics to determine their usefulness in the marketplace. Quantitative analysts generally work in financial institutions or high-end offices. This position may also have the privilege of working from home. In order to perform well in this position, the analyst must have an advanced knowledge of calculus, engineering, and game theory and superb programming skills, especially in C++. This highly competitive field requires a well-rounded analytical education with emphasis on mathematics and computer skills. Most employers require a master's degree or PhD in a specialized finance field. Continued education is also required to stay abreast of changing technology.

Quantitative Analyst Tasks

  • Perform risk analytics, loan pricing, and default risk modeling,
  • Design tests and experiments to collect data and test new models and programs
  • Assist in the construction and execution of portfolio management.
  • Research and analyze market statistics to develop, test, validate, execute, and maintain analytical software programs and quantitative models.
  • Query, consolidate, and present data to senior management.

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Popular Skills for Quantitative Analyst

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with VBA, C++, and Python are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Statistical Analysis, and SQL. Most people skilled in Data Modeling are similarly competent in Matlab. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Microsoft Excel and SQL.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Quantitative Analysts that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quantitative Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent) and San Francisco (+24 percent). Boston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Washington and Chicago (1 percent lower).

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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76 %

Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%