The highest paying banks revealed

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By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

6 June 2016

MD’s bonuses make up for 70% of total compensation at highest paying bank, report finds.

J. P. Morgan is the highest paying bank in London, according to a new report.

A survey by salary-benchmarking site Emolument.com found that Managing Directors (MDs) at the financial institution receive a total pay on average of £919,000. This is 35% more than Morgan Stanley, which pays its MDs an average of £682,525 a year.

J. P. Morgan also offers the highest bonus payments for senior bankers, with MDs receiving an average of £612,975, making up 70% of their median total compensation. A combined average bonus and salary of £136,000 makes Morgan Stanley the highest paying bank to work at for Associates in London.

Company MD Salary MD Bonus MD Total Associate Salary Associate Bonus Associate Total
J.P. Morgan £306,488 £612,975 £919,463 £80,000 £25,000 £105,000
Morgan Stanley £300,000 £382,525 £682,525 £88,000 £48,000 £136,000
Deutsche Bank £275,000 £400,000 £675,000 £80,000 £35,000 £115,000
Goldman Sachs £320,000 £354,705 £674,705 £81,000 £50,000 £131,000
Barclays Bank Plc £250,000 £400,000 £650,000 £75,000 £30,000 £105,000
Citigroup £300,000 £326,375 £626,375 £85,000 £32,500 £117,500
Bank of America £275,000 £325,000 £600,000 £90,000 £35,000 £125,000
Nomura £300,000 £260,000 £560,000 £80,000 £30,000 £110,000
HSBC £255,080 £282,500 £537,580 £75,000 £30,000 £105,000
Jefferies £252,000 £221,000 £473,000 £65,000 £11,000 £76,000
BNP Paribas £250,000 £220,000 £470,000 £71,000 £20,000 £91,000
Lloyds Banking Group £210,000 £252,500 £462,500 £55,000 £8,000 £63,000
RBS £242,500 £200,000 £442,500 £75,000 £12,500 £87,500
Credit Suisse £230,000 £180,000 £410,000 £80,000 £20,000 £100,000
Societe Generale £206,500 £162,500 £369,000 £72,000 £30,000 £102,000
UniCredit £220,000 £130,000 £350,000 £70,000 £23,000 £93,000
Commerzbank £200,000 £150,000 £350,000 £60,000 £15,000 £75,000
Credit Agricole £200,000 £147,500 £347,500 £75,000 £27,500 £102,500

In an effort to determine how fair the distribution of funds is within each of the listed institutions, Emolument.com has created the ‘Fairness Scale’. By calculating the percentage of total Associate salary to total MD salary, Emolument.com attributed 20 points to the ‘fairest’ company with the highest percentage and gave the remaining companies points accordingly.

Credit Agricole, the bank with the lowest MD earnings, scored the most ‘fairness’ points, while J. P. Morgan places last with eight points.

The report states: “If J.P. Morgan was as 'fair' as Credit Agricole it would pay its MDs £788,000 instead of £919,000 and increase Associate annual compensation to £236,000 from £105,000.”

Alice Leguay, Co-Founder & COO at Emolument.com said that this scale of fairness will likely fluctuate year on year “depending on the bank's needs to retain certain generations of employees”.

Alice went on to say: “As we saw this year, Associates across the board saw a substantial bump up in their bonuses, while in the previous couple of years, they had been overlooked in favour of revenue-generating staff such as MDs and Directors.”

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