Annual Risk Salary Surveys

Risk Talent Associates publishes annual salary survey updates covering capital markets, asset management, software, risk consulting, energy, corporate and financial compliance. All surveys analyze compensation trends by years of experience and title, industry segment, risk focus, geography and size of company. More recent surveys also feature trends in hiring for risk organizations.

Professional Compensation Surveys - 2011

2011 Asset Management
Strong compensation growth trajectory for risk professionals in asset management.

2011 Capital Markets
Rebound continues for risk professionals in capital markets.


Professional Compensation Surveys - 2010

The sixth annual Risk Talent Professional Compensation Surveys are in progress for 2010.  Participants in the survey representing consulting and corporate risk can expect to receive results by the end of the year.  The surveys are also available to the media by contacting Risk Talent Associates.

2010 Capital Markets
Total compensation on the rebound for risk professionals in capital markets.

2010 Asset Management
Return to bonus growth for risk professionals in asset management.

2010 Software Analytics
Compensation growth rebounds for risk professionals in technology. 

2010 Energy
Compensation growth for risk professionals in energy has slowed, but remains healthy. 


Professional Compensation Surveys - 2009

2009 Capital Markets
Bonuses declined by 20% and total compensation decreased by 12% in 2008 for risk professionals in capital markets.

2009 Asset Management
Bonuses declined by 20%, compensation declined by 14%, now below 2004 levels for risk professionals in asset management.

2009 Software Analytics
Compensation for risk professionals in Software Analytics shows an average decline of 2.8% in 2008 over 2007.

2009 Energy
Compensation growth for risk professionals in energy is healthy; In contrast to asset management and capital markets.

2009 Consulting
Compensation for risk professionals in consulting shows an average decline of 5% in 2008 over 2007.


Professional Compensation Surveys - 2008

2008 Capital Markets
Risk professionals in capital markets maintain strong compensation growth despite market issues.

2008 Asset Management
Average compensation growth is 17% for risk managers in asset management, while future is less certain.

2008 Software Analytics
Compensation growth has slowed to 6% for technology risk professionals.

2008 Energy
Total compensation drops to 7% average growth for energy risk professionals in 2007 over 2006.

2008 Consulting
Compensation dips to 6% average growth for risk consulting professionals in 2007 over 2006.

2008 Corporate (survey not available)
Total compensation for corporate risk managers grew 9% for 2006 over 2007, up from 5% in 2006 over 2005. Salaries increased 6% for 2006 over 2007, up from 1.5% in 2006 over 2005.


Professional Compensation Surveys - 2007

2007 Capital Markets
Compensation rose 9% for risk professionals in the capital markets in 2006; 8% (CAGR) since 2003.

2007 Asset Management
Compensation for risk managers in asset management grew 17% in 2006 over 2005, driven by steeper growth rates at alternative investment houses.

2007 Software Analytics
Compensation grew an average of 9% for technology risk professionals in 2006 over 2005.

2007 Energy
Energy risk professionals enjoyed a banner year in 2006 in terms of compensation, earning an average of 14% more than 2005 levels.

2007 Consulting
The risk consulting survey reports average growth of 8% in total compensation and 5% in salaries between 2005 and 2006.

2007 Corporate
Compensation growth for corporate risk professionals was 6% between 2005 and 2006.

2007 Compliance (survey not available)
Financial compliance professionals saw an increase of 8% in total compensation in 2006 over 2005, a slight improvement over the 6.7% growth reported in 2005 over 2004.


Professional Compensation Surveys - 2006

2006 Capital Markets
Risk professionals saw average total compensation increase by 10% in 2005.

2006 Asset Management
Risk managers took home 18% more in compensation in 2005.

2006 Software Analytics
Bonuses offset marginal salary growth for risk professionals in technology.

2006 Energy
Compensation and salary growth remain stable for energy risk professionals.

2006 Consulting
Modest total compensation and salary growth for risk management consultants.

2006 Corporate
Total compensation grow 9% for corporate risk managers.

2006 Compliance
Total compensation rise 6.7% for financial compliance professionals.


Professional Compensation Surveys - 2005

2005 Capital Markets
As financial firms continue to value and recognize the need for sophisticated risk management expertise, total compensation for risk professionals grew 9% overall in 2004, as compared to 2003, with double digit increases at the Vice President, Senior Vice President and Director levels.

2005 Asset Management
Total compensation for risk professionals in asset management grew 15% percent overall in 2005 over 2004. The survey was conducted across risk professionals in alternative investments, traditional asset management and insurance.

2005 Software Analytics
Total compensation and salary increased an average of 9% in 2005 over 2004 for professionals at risk technology and software companies.

2005 Energy
Total compensation and salaries increased modestly by an average of 5% in 2005 over the previous year for risk professionals at energy companies.

2005 Consulting
Risk consulting professionals experienced a modest average growth of 6% in total compensation and salaries levels in 2005 over the previous year.

2005 Corporate
Corporate risk professionals experienced only minor growth in total compensation and salaries in 2005, averaging 5.5% and 1.5% respectively.

2005 Compliance
Total compensation increased an average of 6.6% and salary increased an average of 5.2% in 2005 over previous year levels for financial compliance professionals.

Industry Focus

  • Capital Markets
    investment banks, commercial banks, federal agencies, and financial exchanges.
  • Asset Management
    traditional asset managers, hedge funds, fund of funds, and insurers.
  • Global Corporations
    major corporations, including construction, manufacturing, agricultural, and commodity as well as their financial subsidiaries.
  • Software Analytics
    risk management software solutions.
  • Energy
    firms that mine, produce, transport and trade energy products.
  • Risk Consulting
    consulting firms, administrators and ratings agencies
  • Healthcare
    hospitals, health insurance providers, healthcare organizations