Financial analysts

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Total Workforce
212k
Average Age
39.3
Average Salary
$121,911
Average Male Salary
$138,789
Average Female Salary
$95,524

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Financial analysts and on wages and locations for those in the field. Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments is the industry that employs the most Financial analysts, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Financial analysts, by average wage, is Oil & gas extraction. Financial analysts are paid most in Fairfield, New Canaan, Wilton, Weston & Easton Towns PUMA, CT but are relatively concentrated in Chelsea, Clinton & Midtown Business District PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$121,911
AVERAGE SALARY
± $6,947

In 2018, Financial analysts earned an average of $121,911, $68,022 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Sales engineers make somewhat more than Financial analysts while Computer & information systems managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Financial analysts as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.429
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Financial analysts had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.429, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Financial analysts (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Financial analysts.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Financial analysts.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

212k
2018 Workforce
± 11,292
-3.83%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 7.76%

The number of people employed as Financial analysts has been declining at a rate of -3.83%, from 220,287 people in 2017 to 211,854 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Financial analysts employed by various industries. Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments employs the largest share of Financial analysts at  23.6%, followed by Banking & related activities with 11.8% and Nondepository credit & related activities with 7.4%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Financial analysts in the US. The average age of male Financial analysts in the workforce is 38.5 and of female Financial analysts is 40.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Financial analysts is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

129k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 8,821
82.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,056

61% of Financial analysts are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Financial analysts.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Financial analysts
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

67.9% of Financial analysts are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15.6% of Financial analysts, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Financial analysts.

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Age by Gender

38.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.843
40.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.01

The median age of Financial analysts is 39.3, and Male employees are generally 2.1 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Financial analysts from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Financial analysts is Business but a relatively high number of Financial analysts hold a major in Business.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Financial analysts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Financial analysts need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Financial analysts need more than the average amount of Mathematics, Management of Financial Resources, and Systems Evaluation.

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