Trader, Equities Salary

Median pay for Equities Traders in the United States is around $79K per year. Total cash compensation to Equities Traders bottoms out near $48K and approaches $246K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $97K from bonuses and almost $46K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Male Equities Traders are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$44,166 - $152,714
(Median)
$44K
$79K
$150K
MEDIAN: $79,281
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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.
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$44,166 - $152,714  
   
Bonus
$2,049 - $97,290  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $45,615  
Commission
$15,000  
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).
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$47,721 - $246,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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.

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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.


Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $95K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $107K. Equities Traders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $135K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $100K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,395

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Equities Traders, 47 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 8 percent.

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Experience Affects Trader, Equities Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$101,000

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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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
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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