Trader, Equities Salary

Commissions form a big slice (slightly less than a third) of total compensation for Equities Traders. The median income in this area hovers around $102K. Final cash compensation to Equities Traders varies from around $44K to approximately $244K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $70K and $44K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Though the majority of Equities Traders do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Equities Traders survey respondents are men (77 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,133 - $160,000
MEDIAN: $79,389

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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.
$41,133 - $160,000  
$1,939 - $70,469  
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).
$44,410 - $243,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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.

Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $92K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $107K. Equities Traders see a median salary of $146K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $100K.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Equities Traders that is 36 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 Boston (+20 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 2 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Trader, Equities Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.


23 %
77 %

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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%