What does an Investment Banking Associate do?

Investment banking associates perform client-facing roles in the financial industry. They may serve as the first point of contact for a client and usually work full time at a financial services agency. Once they have a sense of clients’ financial needs and short and long-term goals, they create a portfolio of investment opportunities by evaluating specific companies and industry data.

Investment banking associates cultivate new relationships and maintain existing relationships. They create marketing collateral and present financial information while conducting valuation analyses, managing the creation and execution of client transactions, and initiating strategic financial transactions to profit their company. Investment banking associates prepare cash flow models and draft memorandums and other communications with clients and investors. Investment banking associates need at least a bachelor's degree in accounting, business, or finance.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Investment Banking Associate Salaries

Average Base Pay

$137,194 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$99K
Median: $137K
$190K
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Investment Banking Associate Career Path

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Investment Banking Associate Insights

Read what Investment Banking Associate professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
WinnerMax CapitalWinnerMax Capital
Investment Associate
Jun 19, 2021

“This is definitely not a good place to develop your career if you are used to North American work culture.”

M&G plcM&G plc
Investment Associate
Dec 12, 2020

“The pay increase is not up to market when you grow internally and it’s well known to pay drastically better people externally.”

Banque Nationale du Canada/National Bank of CanadaBanque Nationale du Canada/National Bank of Canada
Senior Investment Associate
Nov 19, 2021

“Did not feel like there was any vested interest in my own career development and ambitions.”

BMO Financial GroupBMO Financial Group
Investment Banking Associate
May 25, 2021

“Good for career start and experience”

BNP ParibasBNP Paribas
Investment Banking Associate
Mar 9, 2021

“good team work and chemistry overall”

SantanderSantander
Digital Banking Advisor
Oct 25, 2020

“Very good place to start and develop career prospects”

D.A. Davidson & Co.D.A. Davidson & Co.
Investment Banking Associate
Apr 14, 2021

“Good work life balance and MD quality”

RBCRBC
Banking Advisor
Sep 6, 2021

“Great environment to work with and grow your career”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an investment banking associate

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The most common qualifications to become an investment banking associate include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.