User Industry and Status Key

Next to certain users in the forums and blogs there is a small icon that has a certain 1 or 2 letter code and color (see below). This code represent the users industry (or target industry) and the color represents the users experience (or lack thereof).

If you have yet to set your own Industry and Status, your username will display a "?" next to it in the forums. Please click on "Edit Profile" under the monkey head in the upper right hand corner of the site. Here you should see a box in the upper right called "Monkey Basics". Please select your current job title or status as well as current or target industry. This will allow other users to quickly see your focus and level of expertise in the forums or blog pages without having to visit your profile page.

Remember, these industries and status levels are self-reported. In order to verify your status as a finance professional and get certified with WSO, you still need to meet the standard criteria of a Certified User.

Industry Codes:

IB = Investment Banking
PE = Private Equity
VC = Venture Capital
HF = Hedge Fund
ST = Sales & trading
ER = Equity Research
RE = Real Estate
CO = Consulting
CF = corporate finance
AM = Asset Management
EN = Entrepreneur
IA = Investment Advisor
AC = Accounting
O = Other
? = Nothing Selected.

Status Codes:

Very Light Green = Prospective Monkey
Very Light Blue = Any Analyst
Light Blue = Any Associate
Blue = VPs, MDs or Partner
Yellow = Business School
Grey = Other, Retired, Recruiter

Total Avg Compensation

December 2023 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (6) $592
  • Vice President (34) $390
  • Associates (169) $258
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (15) $187
  • 2nd Year Analyst (106) $168
  • Intern/Summer Associate (49) $167
  • 1st Year Analyst (322) $166
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (236) $95