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Jan 24, 2015 - 11:11am

Must be an MBA-level associate

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Jan 24, 2015 - 11:34am

GS/MS/JPM - 2nd yr analyst (1.5 yr work exp, ugrad level) - Base of $80k, bumped to $95k for 3rd yr. Bonus $20k (from what I can tell all of ER/CR received the same)

Jan 27, 2015 - 8:49pm

I can say that I'm extremely apprehensive/cynical about getting numbers this year. Is the 20k stub or full year? That seems awfully low for full year

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Jan 27, 2015 - 11:43pm

Buyside(1-2bb shop)/ 1yr out of UG/85 base/45 bonus

"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets." -John D. Rockefeller
Jan 28, 2015 - 8:47am

2nd year associate (1.5 years experience)
75k base (blend of 70k and 80k as was bumped halfway through the year)
45k bonus
obviously this was paid in GBP, but that's roughly the equivalent in USD

Feb 2, 2015 - 11:30pm

Optimistic Consultant:


3 years of experience

For 2014: base of $80-95k and bonus of $25-35k

Base raised to $100-110k

What is up with the ranges for base and bonus? What does this mean? Did your salary change over the course of the year? If so, I'm further confused because you then say your base was raised to 100-110k.

Feb 4, 2015 - 9:14pm

I don't want to publicly disclose the actual figure. My base used to be somewhere between 80-95 and was just raised to somewhere between 100-110k. Think of it like management provides guidance.....

Should also clarify that I am now considered a third yr associate

Feb 2, 2015 - 7:47pm

I've got some more data points now. It looks like the majority of sales/trading/research 2nd years received $20k full year bonus. In sales/trading there was a little higher dispersion, but at least 75% of people I've heard from received exactly $20k. Analyst level bonuses are unilaterally lower over last year. People are not happy at all.

Feb 8, 2015 - 10:30pm

Not sure if you are open to an American B-school, but I can tell you that if you get into a H/S/W or Columbia, you will have some extremely good opportunities available to you. The people in my class at who came in with pre-MBA experience in public equities investing did extremely well. A lot of good shops don't want to develop a training function (because they don't have to) so they tend to look for people with pre-MBA buy-side or sell-side ER experience.

Feb 9, 2015 - 6:28pm

Thanks for the reply. I was hoping someone would discourage than encourage. Ha.

That said, I am targeting US b-schools (specifically CBS and Booth - in that order) but that'll depend on adcoms turning a blind eye to my GPA, which is at the bottom end of the 80% range when converted according to WENR. I possibly have one way of smoothing the process for CBS. Let's see.

If you've got anymore detail, feel free to PM me - I'd be happy to hear it.

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Feb 7, 2015 - 11:59am

Based in London @ American BB shop

3rd Year Associate (ie 2.5 years experience, but I only joined ER 2 months ago)

Base 60k
Bonus (stub since I just joined recently) 3k
From what I understand, 3rd year associates were getting c10k bonuses (15k absolute max)

Figures in GBP

Feb 10, 2015 - 10:41pm

If on average, ppl are making $150k and they work around 80h a week, that's a $40/hour salary before taxes. After taxes, food, rent, etc etc, you're left with like $5/hour + a poor health.

Finance blows.

Feb 11, 2015 - 8:14am

1st year, ~1 year prior experience, boutique, 85k base + 20k bonus

Feb 27, 2015 - 9:12am



2nd year in ER

Base 120 Bonus 40

Did you come into ER out of undergrad, or is the 120k base post-MBA/other experience?

Jan 19, 2016 - 8:39pm

Can someone start a forum for the bonuses about to be paid out now?

Jan 20, 2016 - 10:07pm

Yes and would like to know bases as well - IB got new bases in feb'15 that weren't reflected in research. Hoping they're matching this year

Also is it really the case that research VP bonuses are less than IB analyst bonuses

Jan 21, 2016 - 11:14am

No that is not the case. I'm a 3rd yr analyst in sell side ER (GS/MS/JPM), graduated undergrad in '13. My total take home was $190k this year (95k base, 85.5k cash bonus, 9.5k stock bonus). Im on the higher end of the range (2nd highest bucket). Effective February I will be promoted to associate and my base is bumped to $125k.

According to our global head this was the first year since he crisis where bonuses returned to "normal" within research.

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Jan 28, 2016 - 4:20pm


Bulge-bracket non MS/GS/JPM ER bonus for 3rd year post-MBA associate was $35K (yes you read that right) which was below last year by 10k. Base was bumped up to 160K.

Which BB? My understanding is that there are several BBs that have better research platforms than GS.

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