A big portion of take-home pay for Securities Traders — over three-quarters, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $62K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Securities Traders who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$36,174 - $127,451
$36K
$58K
$130K
MEDIAN: $58,461
10%
50%
90%

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$12.51 - $42.41
$13
$24
$42
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,174 - $127,451  
   
Bonus
$2,007 - $25,532  
Profit Sharing
$1,822  
Commission
$48,500  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$39,149 - $139,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $42.41  
   
Overtime
$33.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,007 - $25,532  
   
Commission
$48,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,822  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$39,149 - $139,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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Job Description for Securities Trader

Securities traders are responsible for trading securities on behalf of their company's clients. They are in charge of buying and selling options such as stocks or bonds, gathering order information such as purchasing and selling details, and using their financial knowledge to recommend trading movements and develop effective strategies to increase client satisfaction. They provide advice to people who inquire about their services, as well as analyze market trends and provide relevant information to clients and upper management staff as required.

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Securities Trader Tasks

  • Receive buy and sell orders for securities from clients and carry out the transactions.
  • Follow changes and trends in the securities and financial markets.
  • Ensure security transfer paperwork is completed correctly and proper transaction records are kept.
  • Advise clients on how to meet their financial goals.

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Securities Traders sometimes assume positions such as Portfolio Managers. That role pays $90K per year on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Securities Trader

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $61K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $77K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $84K. For some reason, Securities Traders with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $51K.

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Key Stats for Securities Trader

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Securities Trader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 25%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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