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Personal financial advisors provide advice to help individuals manage their finances and plan for their financial future.
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Education
About 81% of personal financial advisors have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by personal financial advisors
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More personal financial advisors have bachelor's degrees than 87% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Personal financial advisors, with 271,700 workers, form a larger workforce than 83% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for personal financial advisors are expected to grow by 7%, and should have about 23,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of automation for personal financial advisors is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
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Salaries
The median (middle) salary for personal financial advisors is higher than 89% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most personal financial advisors.
This job's median $89KAll jobs' median $39K$87K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Note: The salaries for personal financial advisors have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 31% of personal financial advisors -- that's a smaller percentage than 53% of other jobs.
Gender of personal financial advisors
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For personal financial advisors, the median men's salary was 26% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 16% of personal financial advisors are minority, and 11% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of personal financial advisors
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (11%)
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Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Personal Financial Advisors per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 56% of personal financial advisors, and 65% have company-sponsored health insurance (22% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for personal financial advisors
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 81% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
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Injury and Illness
About 18 personal financial advisors become injured or ill for every 10,000 workers, which reflects fewer events than in 77% of other careers. The most common specific concerns detailed following.
Sprains, strains, tears
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of personal financial advisors who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (66%)
  • Consequence of Error (43%)
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Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do personal financial advisors earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for personal financial advisors, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for personal financial advisors compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for personal financial advisors (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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Note: The salaries for personal financial advisors have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all personal financial advisors, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for personal financial advisors compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for personal financial advisors (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where personal financial advisors work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Personal financial advisors (ACS)
Private for-profit (77.2%)
Private not-for-profit (3.8%)
Local government (0.5%)
State government (0.7%)
Federal government (0.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (8.0%)
Self-employed not incorporated (9.1%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of personal financial advisors by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$73K$74K$73K$69K$48K$88K$55K$55K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Note: The salaries for personal financial advisors have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Distribution: Salaries of personal financial advisors by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$89K$80K$89K$46K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000$250,000State governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Note: The salaries for personal financial advisors have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for personal financial advisors

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? This first chart suggests how much this job rewards experience with increased salaries.

Now let's dive a little deeper. Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Personal financial advisors and gender

With 31% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 53% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Personal financial advisors
Men (69%)
Women (31%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 21%, and the difference for personal financial advisors tops that, with the median salary for men 26% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Personal financial advisors have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 72% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of personal financial advisors

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority personal financial advisors than for 65% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of personal financial advisors
White (83% )
Asian (7% )
Black (6% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
11%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for personal financial advisors by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for personal financial advisors by nativity
$73K$74K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Part-time/Full-time
Personal financial advisors and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 7% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 64% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time personal financial advisors is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by personal financial advisors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), personal financial advisors typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as personal financial advisors as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for personal financial advisors.

Education attained by personal financial advisors
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for personal financial advisors

Personal financial advisors typically need a bachelor’s degree. Although employers usually do not require personal financial advisors to have completed a specific course of study, a degree in finance, economics, accounting, business, mathematics, or law is good preparation for this occupation. Courses in investments, taxes, estate planning, and risk management are also helpful. Programs in financial planning are becoming more available in colleges and universities.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for personal financial advisors

Personal financial advisors who directly buy or sell stocks, bonds, or insurance policies, or who provide specific investment advice, need a combination of licenses that varies with the products they sell. In addition to being required to have those licenses, advisors in smaller firms that manage clients’ investments must be registered with state regulators and those in larger firms must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Personal financial advisors who choose to sell insurance need licenses issued by state boards. Information on state licensing board requirements for registered investment advisors is available from the North American Securities Administrators Association.

Certifications can enhance a personal financial advisor’s reputation and can help bring in new clients. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards offers the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification. For this certification, advisors must have a bachelor’s degree, complete at least 3 years of relevant work experience, pass an exam, and agree to adhere to a code of ethics. The CFP exam covers the general principles of financial planning, insurance planning, risk management, employee benefits planning, income taxes and retirement planning, investment and real estate planning, debt management, planning liability, emergency fund reserves, and statistical modeling.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for personal financial advisors? Below we see the distribution of personal financial advisors salaries based on the education attained. You may have noticed in the dashboard and elsewhere that BLS top-codes salaries. ACS also engages in a form of top-coding, but by looking at the broader field of personal financial advisors and using the ACS, we are able to see some of the higher salaries and can give a better idea of the range of salaries for this field. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as personal financial advisors, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$48K$54K$50K$75K$92K$93K$79K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KHigh School (4%)Some College (10%)Associate's Degree (5%)Bachelor's Degree (55%)Master's Degree (21%)Professional Deg/Doct (4%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by personal financial advisors

This table shows the college majors held by people working as personal financial advisors. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Personal financial advisors with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as personal financial advisors, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by personal financial advisors given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

How your college major impacts salary
What college major is your best entry?

Does your major impact your salary? About 0% of people working as personal financial advisors have at least a bachelor's degree. In the chart below, each dot represents a college major held by workers in the field. The dots to the right correspond to the majors most frequently working as personal financial advisors, and the dots at the top are the majors who earn the most working in this career. The shading shows the percentage who have a graduate education in addition to their bachelor's degree. The dotted line shows the median salary for everyone working as personal financial advisors.

Darker colors have a larger percentage with graduate degreesOverall median salary0.0%2.0%4.0%6.0%8.0%10.0%12.0%14.0%16.0%18.0%Percentage with this major$50,000$60,000$70,000$80,000$90,000$100,000$110,000$120,000$130,000Median salary with this major
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for personal financial advisors

What jobs will most personal financial advisors hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of personal financial advisors reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Personal financial advisorsFinancial managersAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersFinancial analystsChief executives and legislatorsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsManagers (specialized areas)Insurance sales agentsManagement analystsCustomer service representativesCredit counselors and loan officersFinancial clerksFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for personal financial advisors

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 10 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as personal financial advisors as well as 1% of respondents after working as personal financial advisors. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for personal financial advisors: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as personal financial advisors? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of personal financial advisors surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Read about personal financial advisors
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Personal financial advisors typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients in person to discuss their financial goals
  • Explain the types of financial services they provide to potential clients
  • Educate clients and answer questions about investment options and potential risks
  • Recommend investments to clients or select investments on their behalf
  • Help clients plan for specific circumstances, such as education expenses or retirement
  • Monitor clients’ accounts and determine if changes are needed to improve financial performance or to accommodate life changes, such as getting married or having children
  • Research investment opportunities

Personal financial advisors assess the financial needs of individuals and help them with decisions on investments (such as stocks and bonds), tax laws, and insurance. Advisors help clients plan for short- and long-term goals, such as meeting education expenses and saving for retirement through investments. They invest clients’ money based on the clients’ decisions. Many advisors also provide tax advice or sell insurance.

Although most planners offer advice on a wide range of topics, some specialize in areas such as retirement or risk management (evaluating how willing the investor is to take chances and adjusting investments accordingly).

Many personal financial advisors spend a lot of time marketing their services, and they meet potential clients by giving seminars or participating in business and social networking. Networking is the process of meeting and exchanging information with people, or groups of people, who have similar interests.

After financial advisors have invested funds for a client, they and the client receive regular investment reports. Advisors monitor the client’s investments and usually meet with each client at least once a year to update the client on potential investments and to adjust the financial plan based on the client’s circumstances or because investment options may have changed.

Many personal financial advisors are licensed to directly buy and sell financial products, such as stocks, bonds, annuities, and insurance. Depending on the agreement they have with their clients, personal financial advisors may have the client’s permission to make decisions about buying and selling stocks and bonds.

Private bankers or wealth managers are personal financial advisors who work for people who have a lot of money to invest. These clients are similar to institutional investors (commonly, companies or organizations), and they approach investing differently than the general public does. Private bankers manage a collection of investments, called a portfolio, for these clients by using the resources of the bank, including teams of financial analysts, accountants, and other professionals.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of personal financial advisors? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
In determining an investment portfolio for a client, personal financial advisors must be able to take into account a range of information, including economic trends, regulatory changes, and the client’s comfort with risky decisions.
Interpersonal skills
A major part of a personal financial advisor’s job is making clients feel comfortable. Advisors must establish trust with clients and respond well to their questions and concerns.
Math skills
Personal financial advisors should be good at mathematics because they constantly work with numbers. They determine the amount invested, how that amount has grown or decreased over time, and how a portfolio is distributed among different investments.
Sales skills
To expand their base of clients, personal financial advisors must be convincing and persistent in selling their services.
Speaking skills
Personal financial advisors interact with clients every day. They must explain complex financial concepts in understandable language.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for personal financial advisors
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for personal financial advisors was higher than 89% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $89KAll jobs' median $39K$83K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K

Note: The salaries for personal financial advisors have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.

Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for personal financial advisors are anticipated to grow by 7% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 63% of other jobs.

The projected employment for personal financial advisors is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most personal financial advisors? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as personal financial advisors. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Personal Financial Advisors per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where personal financial advisors earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for personal financial advisors compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for personal financial advisors.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Personal Financial Advisors (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which personal financial advisors earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Personal financial advisors (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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