First Year Analyst in San Francisco Compensation

I'm about to fly out to San Francisco for my last stage of the interview process and as long as I'm not a complete fuck-up I think I got this. The only problem is I can't figure out how much a first-year real estate analyst is paid in San Francisco. It's a REPE company that specializes in light industrial with there last capital fund they raised $350 million. Any help is appreciated!

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Aug 29, 2019 - 11:13am

When I was interviewing in the bay area in mid 2017, base at a few different banks was $70-85k with 0-20% bonus depending on position. This was specifically at Wells, Comerica, and one other smaller credit union in CRE/C&I lending. Ended up at a different bank in a different part of the state for other reasons but the COL is tough up there. My guess is REPE will likely have higher bonus potential. Obviously not the same type of business but I would assume they're somewhat similar in comp range

EDIT: I should add that the roles that made up the higher end of the range included above were not first year analyst roles, but Underwriter roles which would typically be 1-3 years exp. I think ThatGuyBalls comment below is likely accurate for a first year analyst with no experience, 65-75k is probably more likely.

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:09am

I'd say at least 75-85k base with a 10% bonus depending on the shop(which still isn't enough to justify living in SF). SF is ungodly expensive. If you decide to live across the bridge on the Oakland side to avoid the SF rents it's not even worth it considering the commute across the bay bridge can be 1hr + just to get into the financial district of SF.

If you haven't figured it out by now, SF is a city you find a few roommates in for the first couple years, then figure out if the city still aligns with your long-term goals.

Aug 30, 2019 - 12:09pm
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