Commodities Traders in the United States can expect to earn an average of $77K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Commodities Traders is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. There are far more male Commodities Traders survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$48,674 - $137,013
MEDIAN: $76,672

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$48,674 - $137,013  
$2,031 - $50,684  
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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).
$49,606 - $166,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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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.


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.

Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $72K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $119K. Commodities Traders bring in $107K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $165K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Trader, Commodities Salaries

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Skills That Affect Trader, Commodities Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


19 %
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 10%