The History Of Wall Street Bonuses Since 1985 In One Chart | Exploring Markets

The History Of Wall Street Bonuses Since 1985 In One Chart

In 2013, the average bonus on Wall Street was $150,000. That is the third highest-ever amount in Wall Street's history. Of course it is important to remember that this is on a nominal basis. The previous two all-time highs were in 2006 and 2007 when it was near $200,000.

The chart below is from Quartz and it shows the average Wall Street bonus since 1985. It's truly spectacular to see. It gives insights into the economy, and Wall Street's rise as bonus paying machine: