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Financial Advisor salary in California

How much does a Financial Advisor make in California?

Average base salary

$81,072
arrow up8%
above national average
Commission
$22,500per year
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a financial advisor is $81,072 per year in California and $22,500 commission per year.563 salaries reported, updated at August 10, 2022.

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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. Stifel
    3.9star
    258 reviews5 salaries reported
    $198,691per year
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Highest paying cities for Financial Advisors in California

  1. San Francisco, CA
    $91,348 per year
    39 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $82,042 per year
    45 salaries reported
  3. Walnut Creek, CA
    $81,801 per year
    10 salaries reported
  1. Irvine, CA
    $81,419 per year
    29 salaries reported
  2. San Diego, CA
    $80,151 per year
    46 salaries reported
  3. Sacramento, CA
    $79,894 per year
    37 salaries reported
  1. Newport Beach, CA
    $78,901 per year
    46 salaries reported
  2. Santa Barbara, CA
    $78,767 per year
    6 salaries reported
  3. Glendale, CA
    $78,255 per year
    8 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 $81,072 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

The Pontem Group
Northwestern Mutual - La Jolla
El Camino College
Northwestern Mutual The South Florida Group
New York Life
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Top schools offering FINRA License

Nakazono Securities Training

3 reviews
Top fields of study
Law Degree
+78.15%salary
Top skills
Writing Skills
+78.32%salary
Top certifications
CFP
+17.07%salary

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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

23,264 job openings

Average $62,959 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Financial Advisor

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