LinkedIn Data Reveals the Jobs and Industries Earning the Biggest Bonuses

December 20, 2017

Earlier this year, we published our first LinkedIn Salary Report, which included a slew of insights from LinkedIn Salary about how professionals are paid in the United States, and we’ve got some bonus data for you. Money isn’t everything, but as many of you may be looking for a new job in the New Year, this is good information to have in your back pocket.

Finance and Healthcare Pros Are Taking Home the Cash (Bonuses)

When looking at the job titles taking home the highest bonuses, one thing is clear: finance and healthcare professionals are bringing home some serious cash at the end of the year. It may also come as a surprise that there’s only one tech role on the list.

Below, you’ll find the top 10 jobs with the highest bonuses (excluding roles director-level and above)*.

Job Title

Median Annual Bonus

Median Total Salary

Investment Banking Associate



Private Equity Associate



Equity Research Analyst












Orthopaedic Surgeon



Investment Banking Analyst



Senior Reservoir Engineer



Wealth Management Advisor



* If there was a tie, the role who’s bonus constituted a higher percentage of total compensation took the higher spot.

Finance Tops the List of Industries With the Highest Bonuses

You may remember that healthcare made a strong showing among our highest paying jobs list, taking the top 6 spots. But, when looking at industries as a whole, healthcare doesn’t even crack the top 5 industries with high annual bonuses. Not surprisingly, finance professionals are bagging the biggest bonuses, followed closely by energy and mining, and tech professionals.


Median Annual Bonus

Median Total Salary




Energy & Mining



Software & IT Services



Hardware & Networking



Consumer Goods












Corporate Services






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This list was created using data from LinkedIn Salary, which collects data from verified LinkedIn members. This data is current as of November, 2017 and may change.

These lists were created based on the median base salary reported. If there was a tie, the role or industry who’s bonus constituted a higher percentage of total compensation took the higher spot. Senior-level jobs (director and above) were excluded from the analysis.

The results of this analysis represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn data. As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility. For more information on how we compute reliable, robust salary insights, check out our engineering blog.