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Trader, Equities Salary

The median total income of Equities Traders is around $103K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (just under a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Total cash compensation to Equities Traders approaches anywhere from $44K on the lower end to $243K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $69K from bonuses and upwards of $44K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Equities Traders greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Equities Traders is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,697 - $158,927
MEDIAN: $80,068

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$40,697 - $158,927  
$1,957 - $68,510  
Profit Sharing
$10.14 - $44,385  
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).
$43,841 - $243,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150

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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.

Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $92K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $107K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $146K in this role. Equities Traders who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $104K.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Equities Traders, New York offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Equities Traders will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+19 percent).

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Experience Affects Trader, Equities Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


22 %
78 %

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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%