Equities Traders in the United States take home approximately $73K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $100K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $46K, overall incomes of Equities Traders spread between $48K and $226K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Equities Traders enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 80 percent of Equities Traders are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,118 - $145,143
MEDIAN: $72,632

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National Salary 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.
$46,118 - $145,143  
$3,064 - $99,778  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $45,615  
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).
$48,250 - $226,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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Job Description for Trader, Equities

Equity traders are in charge of executing purchases and selling activities of equities on behalf of their company or clients. They are responsible for providing accurate advice on trading matters and explaining terms and procedures to customers. They conduct complex transactions using established guidelines and must possess strong communication skills to interact with other traders, clients, and company representatives. These traders analyze huge amounts of financial information, market research trends, and company statements to drive their recommendations and decisions.


Trader, Equities Tasks

  • Develop trading strategies and assess market trends to provide clients with accurate data.
  • Evaluate market trends, trader performance, and trading strategies for financial risk.
  • Conduct client transactions, such as buying and selling stock, properties, and other equity products.
  • Perform transaction analysis to ensure integrity of data and compliance with all government regulations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Trader, Equities

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

Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $71K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $111K. Equities Traders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $110K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Equities Traders report making only $77K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,820

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With a pay rate for Equities Traders that is 87 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Equities Traders will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+82 percent) and Boston (+36 percent).

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Experience Affects Trader, Equities Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


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80 %

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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 6%