Morning Coffee: $150k starting salaries for ‘directionless kids’. The two banking bosses still getting paid

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In case you needed any further confirmation that bright young graduates lured into investment banking earn vastly more than their peers - or that money doesn’t equal happiness – here’s a new report on 27 entry level roles and their pay.

A 22-year-old investment banker called ‘Lynn’ interviewed anonymously says that total compensation comes in (at the upper end) at $150k. Yes, this is good, but when you compare it to what other fresh graduates are earning, it appears obscene. Fashion journalists are earning $22k, chemists earn $35k and even doctors are bringing in a relatively paltry $54k.

Does this mean that trainee investment bankers are basking in their new-found wealth. Not exactly. "No one I know in investment banking is really happy. It's something that smart but directionless kids looking for prestige or the stereotypical money-chasing kids do,” says Lynn.

Compare this to the fashion reporter scraping by on just $22k: “I want to make my passion a reality and work in a career field that I truly love and want to work in for the rest of my life.”

Separately, Jamie Dimon and James Gorman are both by far the best paid investment bank bosses, and both hold the dual chairman and CEO role at J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley respectively. Dimon received a hefty 134% pay rise, while Gorman got a 66% uplift. Most CEOs in banking received around 17% more.

Generally, it’s more lucrative to lead a U.S bank – the average CEO pay at American banks was $20m, compared to $11m at European institutions.


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