Trader, Commodities Salary

The average Commodities Trader in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $79K annually. Earnings generally vary between $49K and $185K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Commodities Traders greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Commodities Traders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,280 - $147,459
$48K
$79K
$150K
MEDIAN: $79,182
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$48,280 - $147,459  
   
Bonus
$2,065 - $51,599  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$49,163 - $184,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 108

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Job Description for Trader, Commodities

Commodities traders facilitate transactions related to commodities such as securities, stocks and bonds, currency, agricultural output, and others. These traders work with clients to evaluate the market, analyze its movements and tendencies, and use this information to develop sound financial advice for clients. Once this information has been shared with clients and these clients decide to make a transaction, the commodity trader does the necessary buying and/or selling.

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Trader, Commodities Tasks

  • Derive optimal transaction prices for clients and execute accordingly.
  • Create, maintain, and expand relationships with suppliers and clients.
  • Research and monitor target companies and investment channels while applying the appropriate strategies for futures, commodities, and trading.
  • Evaluate market movements and communicate their importance with clients and coworkers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Trader, Commodities

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Commodities Traders. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $73K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $115K. Commodities Traders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $141K. Commodities Traders with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $150K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,006

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Commodities Traders, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 85 percent above the national average. Commodities Traders will also find cushy salaries in New York (+63 percent) and Chicago (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Key Stats for Trader, Commodities

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Trader, Commodities Salaries

Late-Career
▲63%

Experienced
▲54%

Mid-Career
▲25%

National Average
$92,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Trader, Commodities Salaries

Contract Negotiation
▲8%

National Average
$92,000

Market Research
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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