Investment Banker Salary

The average salaries of investment bankers

How much is an investment banker salary?

On an absolute basis, investment bankers are some of the highest paid professionals for their age.  As a new hire, you can expect to earn over $100,000 straight out of school, which will probably blow most of your classmates out of the water.  But the investment banker salary on an hourly basis is another story.

On a per hour basis, investment bankers are not paid nearly as well.  With most analysts and associate working over 100 hours per week, their hourly wages can range anywhere between $25-$35 per hour.

 

Investment Banker Salary Money

 

Investment banker salary table

TitleBase SalaryBonusTotal Remuneration
Analyst$85k - $100k$50k - $100k$125k - $200k
Associate$100k - $120k$80k - $130k$180k - $250k
Vice President$120k - $150k$100k - $250k$220k - $400k
Managing Director$300k - $1M$200k - $10M+$500k - $10M+

Source: industry sources.

 

What the investment banker pay structure?

Investment banking professionals are paid on two components: salary and bonus.

The bonus is a large part of a banker’s total income across all positions, but especially at the more senior levels where it can be several times the base.

 

Why are bankers paid so much?

The advocate would say they’re paid so much because the banks work on very important transactions that generate big fees.  In exchange for such important work, they need to be smart, hard-working, and thus well compensated.

The cynic would say they’re paid a lot because the work is super stressful, with a military-like hierarchy and the hours are unbearable.  In fact, the hours are so long they don’t actually make that much per hour.

 

How do you become an investment banker?

We’ve got the ultimate guide to getting a job in investment banking.

Most important will be to have a solid understanding of financial modeling and valuation, which you can master with our online courses.

 

Financial modeling skills

One of the most important skills for a highly paid investment banker is financial modeling.  Analysts and Associates spend a lot of time in Excel building various types of models to support transactions, pitches and other activities

 

investment banker model

 

Source: CFI’s financial modeling courses.

 

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