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Financial Analyst and Advisor Salary Information

The salary statistics of financial analysts and advisors are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of financial analysts and advisors in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of financial analysts and advisors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The financial analysts and advisors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Financial Analyst and Advisor Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,690
25th Percentile Wage
$58,800
50th Percentile Wage
$80,940
75th Percentile Wage
$119,780
90th Percentile Wage
$197,410

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for financial analysts and advisors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) financial analysts and advisors is $197,410. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $80,940. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,690. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 341% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of financial analysts and advisors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201680,9401.96%11.33%
201579,3503.79%-
201476,3402.29%-
201374,5903.78%-
201271,770--

Table 2. Financial Analyst and Advisor Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of financial analysts and advisors in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for financial analysts and advisors occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $88,020. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $61,980).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$88,020
Mining
$86,990
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$85,240
Information
$84,130
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$83,840
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$83,820
Finance and Insurance
$82,260
Manufacturing
$81,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$79,770
Construction
$76,980
Wholesale Trade
$76,480
Transportation and Warehousing
$75,020
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$74,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$72,690
Retail Trade
$71,100
Educational Services
$70,410
Health Care and Social Assistance
$68,240
Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,750
Accommodation and Food Services
$61,980


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