Has the latest financial crisis revolutionised risk functions salaries and bonuses?

We have examined 2014/2013 salary and bonus data from 110 Risk professionals working in London, New York, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong and Singapore at VP level.


  • 2013 saw an aggressive push for Risk VPs in London: base salaries increased by 38% and total compensation by 24% yoy for mid-ranking Risk professionals.
  • US institutions are more aggressive when it comes to recruiting and retaining risk professionals: on average a Risk professional at VP level is paid +27% base salary and +20% bonus compared to a European bank.
  • Is London ahead in terms of learning lessons from the financial crisis? London is where risk professionals are paid the most: on average risk professionals are paid +65% than in any other city.
  • In Zurich, Hong Kong or Singapore, rewarding Risk professionals seems less of a priority with an average total compensation of GBP101,000 (-69% vs London).

  • The spotlight has been on Risk functions over the last few years with tighter controls to be implemented necessitating the recruitment of entire teams. These figures suggest that US institutions are taking the matter especially seriously with highly competitive pay packages.

    Base salary115,000155,000120,000
    Total Compensation 160,000198,000160,000

    Source: Emolument Average Figures

    LondonTop US BanksTop European Banks
    Base salary165,000130,000
    Total Compensation 218,000180,000

    Source: Emolument Average Figures


    Source: Emolument Average Figures


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