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Banks Are Still Where the Money Is


Finance workers' annual pay compared with that of other top professions

Wall Streeters discouraged by declining bonuses this year can take solace: They still earn much more than brain surgeons, top lawyers, and four-star generals.

M&A banker

Experience: 10 years

Annual Pay: $2,000,000

Bank oil trader

Experience: 10 years

Annual Pay: $1,000,000

Corporate bond trader

Experience: 10 years

Annual Pay: $1,000,000

Neurosurgeon

Experience: 8 to 17 years

Annual Pay: $571,000

Law firm partner

Experience: 10 years

Annual Pay: $600,000

Four-star general

Experience: 34+ years

Annual Pay: $185,000

Cancer researcher

Experience: 10 years

Annual Pay: $110,000 to $160,000

Aerospace engineer

Experience: 5 to 10 years

Annual Pay: $100,000

Architect

Experience: 10 years

Annual Pay: $80,000 to $100,000

Data: Jeanne Branthover, Boyden Global Executive Search; George Stein, Commodity Talent; Rob D'Angelo, Olesky Associates; Jeffrey Lowe, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Tom Larock, Defense Finance and Accounting Service; Rick Hennessey, Commonwealth Sciences; Peter Bohner, Marymont Group

Kucera is a reporter for Bloomberg News. Harper is a reporter for Bloomberg News.

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