I'm a Financial Advisor Assistant.....Am I paid enough?

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Aug 18, 2014 5:09 pm

I've been in my position for a year and half. I'm 7, 66 and L H VA licensed. I take home 32,9k with no benefits. Am I paid enough?

Aug 19, 2014 9:51 am

If that’s all you get then yeah that’s a little low. 33k might be a decent base if you get bonuses and benefits. You are registered sales assistant I think you should be making at least 38-40.

Aug 19, 2014 2:58 pm

Thanks for your response feeonly.

Aug 27, 2014 11:10 am

I think it depends on who you’re working for and where you live. Are they a big producer? What is the cost of living where you’re at? What are your goals for your career? Do you eventually want a book?

I give my assistant bonuses plus health and retirement benefits. My production is not near $1mil, but I cannot afford to lose her with all of the households I have. She’s not licensed (I recently lost a licensed assistant), but once she gets licensed I told her those bonuses will increase.

Sep 4, 2014 1:13 pm

Thanks Big Ticket. My producer does ok in production. Their GDC is around 270k. My goal is to go into production myself. My producer and I are currently working on a death/disability agreement where I would take over his book. To clarify from earlier, my gross is 32,9k but I take home about 28k. Currently I’m not paid bonuses or benefits of any kind.

Sep 15, 2014 3:25 pm

I think it is kind of surprising that someone with 270K GDC has an assistant. It sounds like they actually have bigger plans for you and you are actually the succession plan. In that case, find out exactly how long you will be in this role. If you don’t like the answer, start shopping other reps to join to take over their book. Not hard to do at all. Just go to broker check, type in some well known independent firms and your zip. I found 150 in a 25 mile radius from my zip. Find some that have been in the industry for 20+ years and ask to take them to lunch. You would be surprised at the amount of feedback you get. Bonus if they are the same broker dealer you are now as the accounts don’t need to be repapered.