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Financial advisor salary in California

How much does a Financial Advisor make in California?

Average base salary

as national average
Average $81,270
Low $44,918
High $147,043
$17,800per year
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a financial advisor is $81,270 per year in California and $17,800 commission per year.2.8k salaries reported, updated at September 21, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in California

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Financial Advisors in California

  1. Equitable Advisors
    557 reviews5 salaries reported
    $160,567per year
  2. $141,467per year
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Highest paying cities for Financial Advisors near California

  1. San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    $104,993 per year
    7 salaries reported
  2. San Diego, CA
    $98,474 per year
    182 salaries reported
  3. Irvine, CA
    $93,507 per year
    52 salaries reported
  1. San Jose, CA
    $89,103 per year
    50 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $82,748 per year
    148 salaries reported
  3. Walnut Creek, CA
    $82,113 per year
    14 salaries reported
  1. Valencia, CA
    $68,745 per year
    5 salaries reported
  2. Huntington Beach, CA
    $67,642 per year
    13 salaries reported
  3. Torrance, CA
    $67,131 per year
    12 salaries reported
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Where can a Financial Advisor earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Financial Advisors

Most recommended license

FINRA License

(earn +12.55% more)

The jobs requiring this license have decrease by 6.70% since 2018. Financial Advisors with this license earn +12.55% more than the average base salary, which is $81,270 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
201022increase by 22
201113decrease by 40.91%
201285213increase by 655384.62%
2013110320increase by 29.46%
2014139538increase by 26.48%
201550770decrease by 63.62%
201632855decrease by 35.29%
201726053decrease by 20.70%
201840393increase by 55.04%
201937688decrease by 6.70%

Top companies hiring Financial Advisors on Indeed

Chaffey College
Southern California Edison
Bank of America
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Top schools offering FINRA License

Securities Training Corporation

121 reviews
Top fields of study
Law Degree
Top skills
Writing Skills
Top certifications

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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Most common benefits for Financial Advisors

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 793 ratings

52% of Financial Advisors in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in California?

Financial Representative

Job openings

Average $78,531 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Financial Advisor

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