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Apr 30, 2018

IR professionals see salaries drop in 2017

Bonuses up for IROs but number of high-earning IR heads and IROs falls

Salaries for IR professionals – both at the head of IR level and IRO level – fell in 2017, according to research from IR Magazine.

The IR Magazine Global IR Salary & Careers Report 2018 shows that last year, 41 percent of IR professionals took home a salary above their respective median salary ranges, representing a 5 percentage-point drop on 2016. Median salary ranges for heads of IR and IROs remain unchanged, however: IR heads have a median salary range of $150,000-$199,000 and IROs $75,000-$99,000. 

IR salaries global overview 2018

North American IR professionals continue to enjoy the highest salaries in IR, with both IR heads and IROs having median salaries one pay bracket above the global median ranges. In fact, more than one quarter of North American IR heads earned in excess of $250,000 in 2017. Just one in a hundred earned less than $100,000. 

Although Asian IR professionals continue to have the lowest salaries, pay for both European heads of IR and IROs has dropped. 

In Europe, median salaries are down on 2016 levels, and are now below the 2017 global median. ‘The [European] fall in wages for IR heads is caused by a 5 percentage-point shift from the $150,000-$199,000 pay bracket in 2016 to $100,000-$149,000 in 2017,’ write the study authors. 

Click here for more information or to download the IR Magazine Global IR Salary & Careers Report 2018.

Garnet Roach

An award-winning journalist, Garnet Roach joined IR Magazine in October 2012, working on both the editorial and research sides of the publication. Prior to entering the world of investor relations, her freelance career covered a broad range of...