Trader, Equities Salary

The average Equities Trader in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $79K per year. Total incomes of Equities Traders incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $91K from bonuses and close to $46K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $46K and $247K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Equities Traders claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Equities Traders greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$42,333 - $153,624
MEDIAN: $79,225

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$42,333 - $153,624  
$1,995 - $91,231  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $45,958  
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).
$46,051 - $246,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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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

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

Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $95K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $109K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Equities Traders make a median salary of $140K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Equities Traders in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Equities Traders will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent) and Dallas (+8 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.


24 %
76 %

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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%