How adviser salaries stack up to other jobs

Median compensation hovers just under $100,000 on the low end and reaches nearly $300,000 for bosses

Oct 16, 2017 @ 11:34 am

By InvestmentNews Research

It's only natural to wonder how much you could be making if you had dedicated your life to another profession, such as information technology, engineering or medicine.

Scroll down our listicle to find out! You can see how most financial advice industry roles pay compared to other careers and how long it's taking in different professions to rake in six-figure salaries.

We compared data from the recent InvestmentNews 2017 Adviser Compensation & Staffing Study, which collected compensation information from more than 350 firms for over 4,300 positions, against data gathered from Salary.com to evaluate how adviser compensation compares to other seasoned professionals in the workforce today.

(More: Advice firms in a tricky financial position)

Here is how they stacked up.

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1. Service Adviser vs. Software Developer

Service Adviser

Median Total Compensation: $97,255

Years of Experience: 9

Title Description: Manages existing client relationships, in some cases with a more experienced adviser. The position may be responsible for formulating and implementing advice but may also rely on technical specialists to develop recommendations within an individual specialist's area of expertise.

Senior Software Developer

Median Total Compensation: $95,125

Years of Experience: 5–6

Title Description: Consults with clients and other project team members to design, build and manage websites. Develops installation programs for websites.

2. Senior Portfolio Manager vs. Electrical Engineer

Senior Portfolio Manager

Median Total Compensation: $150,000

Years of Experience: 12

Title Description: Actively manages a client portfolio using individual securities or a combination of securities and third-party managers. In some cases, participates in or develops investment strategy. This position is an internal manager, rather than a client relationship manager.

Electrical Engineer

Median Total Compensation: $136,825

Years of Experience: 10–14

Title Description: Responsible for the design, development, and testing of electrical equipment, components, or systems. Applies mathematical and engineering principles and methods to electrical system designs.

3. Lead advisers vs. Information Security Director

Lead advisers

Median Total Compensation: $163,190

Years of Experience: 17

Title Description: Primary managers of the client relationship and are the most experienced advisers in the firm. The position has responsibility for managing existing client relationships, and formulating and implementing advice, but may rely on investment specialists or service advisers to develop recommendations within an individual specialist's area of expertise.

Information Security Director

Median Total Compensation: $165,934

Years of Experience: 10–14

Title Description: Establishes and administers the overall strategies and procedures for the information security function. Develops and implements information security and disaster recovery programs in accordance with organizational information security standards.

4. COO vs. Psychiatrist

Chief Operating Officer

Median Total Compensation: $200,000

Years of Experience: 20

Title Description: Has primary responsibility for the firm's operations. In some cases, develops new business, manages relationships, provides advice or services clients.

Psychiatrist

Median Total Compensation: $215,290

Years of Experience: 10–14

Title Description: Evaluates patients for mental, emotional or behavioral disorders. Diagnoses disorders, including nature and extent, and determines the appropriate course of treatment for the patient. Prescribes medication when necessary.

5. Practicing Partners vs. Patent Attorneys

Practicing Partner

Median Total Compensation: $247,000

Years of Experience: 20

Title Description: Has broad responsibilities in the areas of new business development, client relationships, service and management. With the CEO/partners, makes leadership, planning and executive management decisions to achieve the firm's strategic objectives.

Patent Attorney

Median Total Compensation: $233,560

Years of Experience: 10–15

Title Description: Plans and directs all aspects of an organization's patent related legal issues. Provides patent expertise to other departments where needed.

6. CEOs vs. Surgeons

Chief Executive Officer

Median Total Compensation: $299,920

Years of Experience: 27

Title Description: Serves as the head of the firm and makes leadership, planning and broad executive management decisions to achieve the firm's strategic objectives. Develops new business, manages relationships, provides advice and, in some cases, services clients.

Surgeon

Median Total Compensation: $371,248

Years of Experience: 10–14

Title Description: Performs surgery to prevent and correct injuries, deformities, diseases or improve patient function, appearance or quality of life.

Sources: InvestmentNews 2017 Adviser Compensation & Staffing Study and Salary.com

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