Investment Underwriters


Investment Underwriters


Investment underwriters work for banks and other financial institutions, serving as the liaison between the corporate issuers of securities and private equity investment clients. They research the terms of securities and make sure they are acceptable for corporations that need the funds, then they find investors to invest resources based on these terms. Underwriters also negotiate and structure the terms for acquisitions and mergers. There are 128,760 financial specialists, including investment underwriters, employed in the United S...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Four or more years experience



Business Management


Personality Traits



Investment underwriters employed in the United States in December 2019 earned an average salary of $58,162, according to PayScale. Salaries ranged from $41,000 to $86,000 or more. The Department of Labor reported that financial specialists (all others not listed) earned a median salary of $70,280 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned about $38,030 or less, and the top 10 percent earned $123...

Work Environment

Investment underwriters work in corporate offices in banks and financial institutions. They work full time, usually 40 hours per week, with hours sometimes extending into the evenings or weekends to meet project deadlines. Much of the work day is spent on the computer, on the telephone, and in meetings. Some travel is required to visit clients and companies. The work environment is competitive ...


Companies will continue to need investment underwriters to analyze their financial operations, help raise capital by securing investors, and managing and negotiating business deals such as mergers and acquisitions. The outlook for financial professionals ranges from average to much faster than average employment growth, depending upon the specialty. The Department of Labor (DOL) forecasts that ...