Trader, Equities Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $102K, slightly less than a third of overall earnings for Equities Traders arrives through commissions. In the world of Equities Traders, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $71K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $44K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $44K and $245K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Male Equities Traders are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$41,042 - $162,188
MEDIAN: $78,903

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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.
$41,042 - $162,188  
$1,934 - $70,957  
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).
$44,280 - $244,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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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.

In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $91K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $107K. Equities Traders bring in $150K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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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%