If you enjoy research and financial analysis, consider a career as a real estate investment analyst. These detail-oriented professionals provide recommendations to fund managers who use the information to manage real estate investments as a component of a financial portfolio. Most real estate investment analysts earn a bachelor's degree in fields such as accounting, business administration, economics, finance or statistics. Many also have a master of business administration degree.
Compare the average salary paid to real estate investment analysts in several geographical areas to gauge whether this career will pay enough to suit your needs. The average salary of 10 randomly selected areas in 2013 was: New York, $75,477; Berkeley, Calif., $74,097; Washington, D.C., $73,272; Baltimore, $63,884; Philadelphia, $61,937; Houston, $58,824; Miami, $58,667; Walla Walla, Washington, $53,792; Augusta, Maine, $50,909 and Pierre, S.D., $42,474. The national salary for real estate investment analysts is $58,741.
As an entry-level real estate investment analyst, your pay will likely be in the 10th percentile of all wage earners in this occupation. Among 10 randomly chosen cities, those in the 10th percentile included Washington, D.C., $53,309; Berkeley, Calif., $52,899; New York, $52,862; Baltimore, $45,608; Philadelphia, $44,218; Miami, $41,883; Houston, $41,995; Walla Walla, Washington, $38,402; Augusta, Maine, $36,344 and Pierre, S.D., $30,322.
While everyone wants to earn a top salary, few people in any occupation will achieve this level. Still, you may want to know what potential earnings may be in store for you as a real estate investment analyst. Those in the 90th percentile in 10 randomly chosen cities earned as follows New York, $92,455; Berkeley, Calif., $91,772; Washington, D.C., $90,751; Baltimore, $79,123; Philadelphia, $76,711; Houston, $72,856; Miami, $72,662; Walla Walla, Washington, $66,623; Augusta, Maine, $63,053 and Pierre, S.D., $52,605.
Employment is growing in this field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of real estate investment analysts to grow by 23 percent through 2020, compared to a 17-percent growth projection for business and financial operations occupations in general and a 14-percent projection for all other surveyed occupations. An increasingly complex financial landscape necessitates in-depth real estate analyses of different geographic regions.
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