NY state: Average Wall Street bonuses in '14 rose to $173K in 6th year of post-crisis profits

Economic Indicators Associated Press

New York's state comptroller says the average bonus paid to securities industry employees in New York City grew 2 percent last year to nearly $173,000.

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Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says according to his office's analysis, that's the largest average Wall Street bonus since the 2008 financial crisis, though the industry was slightly less profitable last year.

According to the report Wednesday, the securities industry has been profitable for six consecutive years. It has added 2,300 jobs in the past year up to 167,800 workers in New York City. That's still 11 percent less than before the crisis.

Pre-tax profits for broker/dealer operations of some 200 New York Stock Exchange members — the traditional measure of profitability for the securities industry — totaled $16 billion last year, down $700 million from 2013.