On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (more than three-fourths) of final income for Securities Traders. That final number averages out to $63K across the industry. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Securities Traders are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$36,174 - $123,151
(Median)
$36K
$59K
$120K
MEDIAN: $59,358
10%
50%
90%

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$12.51 - $42.41
(Median)
$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 - $123,151  
   
Bonus
$2,010 - $32,438  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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 - $139,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $42.41  
   
Overtime
$36.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,010 - $32,438  
   
Commission
$48,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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).
)
$39,149 - $139,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

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

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Many Securities Traders move into a Portfolio Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $90K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Securities Trader

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $78K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Securities Traders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $82K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $51K.

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Experience Affects Securities Trader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 24%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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