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The Very Highest-Paying Jobs in Finance

Everyone loves to read about ridiculous banker salaries, so this week we collected the most ridiculous of banker salaries in order to answer the question: what are the very highest-paying jobs in finance?

The answers are unsurprising, but may be enlightening to aspiring bankers trying to decide on a specialism. Analyst salaries are fairly uniform across all specialisms, but by the time these analysts reach MD level, their salaries differ dramatically, with MDs in areas like Structuring, Trading, and M&A earning as much as double what their counterparts in Fund Management and Institutional Sales are bringing in.


Highest MD Salaries in Banking Specialisms

Role MD Salary MD Bonus MD Total
Structurer in Investment Banking 262,000 391,000 653,000
Trader in Investment Banking 240,000 362,000 602,000
M&A and Leveraged Finance Banker 230,000 340,000 570,000
Origination Banker 250,000 250,000 500,000
Fundraising for Hedge Funds and Asset Managers 150,000 190,000 340,000
Institutional Sales in Investment Banking 197,000 132,000 329,000
Fund Manager for Funds >5bn 130,000 173,000 303,000

Equivalent Analyst Salaries in Banking Specialisms

Role Analyst Salary Analyst Bonus Analyst Total
Structurer in Investment Banking 50,000 10,000 60,000
Trader in Investment Banking 50,000 5,000 55,000
M&A and Leveraged Finance Banker 50,000 7,500 57,500
Origination Banker 50,000 10,000 60,000
Fundraising for Hedge Funds and Asset Managers 35,000 2,300 37,300
Institutional Sales in Investment Banking 47,000 12,000 59,000
Fund Manager for Funds >5bn 44,000 10,000 54,000

  • The top spots go to investment bankers, with salaries topping 600,000 for MDs in Structuring and Trading. This works out as more than 10 times what an analyst in the same specialism can expect to earn.
  • This is partly thanks to the vast increase in bonus as a percentage of salary over bankers' careers. Analysts can expect between 10% and 20% of their salary as a bonus, while MDs receive up to 150% of their salary over again as a bonus.
  • These results may not surprise seasoned finance professionals. However, to uninitiated graduates looking to begin a banking career, one 60K analyst salary may look much like another, and the extent to which these salaries later diverge could come as a shock.

Results are based on 5,400 finance professionals working in the UK.


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