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The median annual salary for financial advisors was $67,520 in 2012, with the lowest-paid earning less than $32,280 and the highest-paid earning at least $187,199. On top of their salaries, many advisors earn substantial bonuses.

Job Salary Year
2004 $84,380.00
2006 $88,450.00
2008 $95,050.00
2010 $91,220.00
2012 $90,820.00

Average Financial Advisor Pay vs. All Business Jobs

With a mean salary of $90,820 in 2012, financial advisors earn mid-range pay compared with other business jobs. They generally make less than financial analysts ($89,410) and marketing managers ($129,870). However, financial advisors earn more than compliance officers and insurance agents, which have average salaries of $64,960 and 63,400, respectively.

Job Name Salary
Marketing Manager $119,480.00
Financial Manager $109,740.00
Sales Manager $105,260.00
Financial Analyst $76,950.00
Financial Advisor $67,520.00

Best Paying Cities for Financial Advisors

The highest paid in the financial advisor profession work in the metropolitan areas of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Eugene, Oregon. The Kennewick, Washington area also pays well, as does the city of New York City.

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Average Salary: $155,540 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a financial advisor working in Fayetteville, Arkansas is $155,540, which is $88,020 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Average Salary: $139,680 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a financial advisor working in Bridgeport, Connecticut is $139,680, which is $72,160 more than the average pay in the profession.

Eugene, Oregon

Average Salary: $139,060 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a financial advisor working in Eugene, Oregon is $139,060, which is $71,540 more than the average pay in the profession.

Kennewick, Washington

Average Salary: $131,260 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a financial advisor working in Kennewick, Washington is $131,260, which is $63,740 more than the average pay in the profession.

New York City

Average Salary: $127,400 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a financial advisor working in New York City is $127,400, which is $59,880 more than the average pay in the profession.

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