Why it’s still a good time to be a banker on Wall Street

| October 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

Recession, what recession?

This graph is part of a new report from the State Comptroller of New York, which also noted (emphasis ours):

“In 2010, the average salary in the securities industry in New York City grew by 16.1% to $361,330, which was 5.5 times higher than the average salary in the rest of the private sector ($66,120).”

This is a gigantic increase from the ratio in 1981, when the average salary in the securities industry was only 2x as high as in all other private sector jobs.

But with protests against Wall Street going on for four weeks now and attracting worldwide media attention, the publicity surrounding the report seems calibrated to not add any fuel to the fire. For instance,compare the “Highlights” on the front page of this year’s report with that of  last year’s and you’ll notice that this year the emphasis is more on the benefits that Wall Street brings to the entire City and State economy as opposed to any out-sized benefits that it might bring to itself.

2011 Report

2010 Report








With 14% of New York State tax revenue or $8.6 billion expected from the sector this year, it’s little wonder that the Comptroller wants to keep the volume down.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/Blashphemer Pat Blasphemer

    I’d be interested to see the figures in Australia. Even though I intend to work in the industry once I complete my studies, I do think that it is grossly overpaid, this just confirms my suspicions.