Financial Advisor Jobs Outlook and Compensation Information

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Financial Advisor Jobs Outlook and Compensation Information

Learn about the outlook for financial advisor jobs, including career potential and compensation information.


U.S. News and World Report Job Rankings

The U.S. News and World Report annual Jobs Report consistently ranks financial advisor among the top 10 Best Business Jobs. In the January 2018 report, financial advisor is ranked: #8  in Best Business Jobs, #19 in Best Paying Jobs, #37 in Best Jobs. 


U.S. Department of Labor Outlook

The job outlook for careers in personal financial advising is very optimistic. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts a 15% job growth in the financial advising field through 2026. The Handbook provides additional information on personal financial advisors, like “What They Do” and “How to Become One.”


Aite Group Report

A comprehensive Aite Group study seeks to identify and quantify differences between financial advisors who hold the CFP® certification and financial advisors who do not hold the CFP® certification. The study also compares advising practices that include CFP® professionals to those without CFP® professionals across a range of key metrics.


Summary of InvestmentNews Adviser Compensation & Staffing Survey

CFP Board has compiled a summary of this comprehensive compensation survey conducted by InvestmentNews in 2017. The full study is available from InvestmentNews.



CFP Board and the Center are business model and compensation neutral. We do not advocate for or against any particular business model or compensation arrangement. The summary and narrative regarding the InvestmentNews study referenced above is provided here for informational purposes only and is not intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any views expressed by InvestmentNews.

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