JLL/CBRE/NKF Capital Markets Associate Comp

Hi - I'm currently an MBA at NYU/CBS/SOM/DARDEN and am recruiting for capital markets roles in NYC. I have interviews with the above 3 firms and am wondering what a typical comp structure looks like for a capital markets associate. 


Based on the WSO Dataset, compensation structures in capital markets roles, particularly for associates, can vary significantly across firms like JLL, CBRE, and NKF. While the context provided doesn't specify exact figures for these firms in capital markets roles, we can infer from similar positions within the real estate finance sector that compensation typically includes a base salary along with potential bonuses which are performance-based.

For a capital markets associate, especially coming from prestigious MBA programs like NYU, CBS, SOM, or Darden, and targeting roles in NYC, you can expect competitive compensation. The base salary for associates in real estate finance roles, which capital markets would fall under, often ranges significantly. For example, in real estate development, a Development Associate in California can see compensation ranging from $95k to $105k with bonuses of 80%-100%. While this is more focused on real estate development, capital markets roles may offer similar or slightly higher compensation given the revenue-generating nature of these positions and the high cost of living in NYC.

Bonuses can significantly increase total compensation, often depending on the firm's performance as well as individual contribution to deals and revenue generation. It's also worth noting that firms like JLL and CBRE are large, global companies, and compensation can be on the higher end due to their extensive networks and resources.

To get a more accurate picture, it would be beneficial to network with current or former employees of these firms, utilize the resources at your MBA program's career center, and discuss with recruiters during your interview process. They can provide insights into not just the base compensation but also the bonus structure, any potential for equity or profit sharing, and other benefits that form part of the total compensation package for a Capital Markets Associate in NYC.

Sources: What is your compensation in Real Estate Finance?, Former MS M&A / KKR here to field questions, Compensation Structure at the mid-management level in Corporate Development / Strategy / Finance, 2017 Investment Banking Report: 8 Key Trends to Know, HFF Compensation vs JLL

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Echoing this guy. Why would you even consider that? I work at JLL and that would be a massssssive waste of the mba. At least try for Eastdil but even then nah man go make money, you’ll make dog water working at any of those shops especially in nyc dude be smart


Unless it’s Harmon/Spies at Newmark or Shanahan at CBRE I would focus on principal side roles unless you really want to be in brokerage and in that case they’re all solid in nyc.


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