Adjusting for quality of life, where is the best paying city for bankers?


We have examined 2014/2013 salary and bonus data from 915 bankers working in Sales, Research, Trading and Origination/ Advisory at VP level in London, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich and Dubai.


Highlights:


  • Before tax and living expenses, London is neck and neck with New York and Hong Kong as the highest paying while Paris & Frankfurt bankers received the lowest proportion of total compensation.

  • When adjusting for tax and living expenses, Hong Kong and Dubai top the charts: respectively 20% and 17% ahead of London in terms of disposable income, these locations benefit from low/non-existent income tax rates as well as buyoant banking sectors, and no regulation when it comes to bonus caps.

  • Even though Zurich and London show a large gap in total revenue, quality of life is similar in both cities: Zurich is only 5% behind London in terms of disposable income.


This study raises the very valid question of lifestyle: is it worth fighting it out in cities where daily life demands large financial resources, and therefore tend to involve long commutes, and a stressful environment, in favour of more laid-back cities such as Zurich, considering quality of life and saving capacity is so similar?


CityAvailable Income*% vs London
Hong Kong£93,00020%
Dubai£91,00017%
New York£87,00013%
London£77,0000%
Zurich£73,000-5%
Frankfurt£50,000-35%
Singapore£39,000-49%
Paris£33,000-58%

*Available Income: Income after tax and living expenses

Source: Emolument.com Median figures


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Source: Emolument.com Median figures and expatistan.com indexes

 

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