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.



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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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