While banking definitely is lucrative, it's not the only way to earn six figures in the finance industry.
Movies like "The Big Short" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" have popularized a certain image of a Wall Street banker, complete with expensive suits and an extravagant lifestyle. But the financial industry encompasses far more than Wall Street and includes people in a wide variety of professions. While banking is definitely a lucrative route, it's not the only way to earn six figures in finance.
CareerTrends, a career research site by Graphiq, used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find the top-paying jobs in the financial industry. Salary figures are averaged across nine sub-sectors within the overarching financial industry and reflect the average annual salary in 2015 (the most recent year available). Employment figures are summed across all of these sectors.
The salaries on this list range from $91,000 to nearly $220,000. As expected, higher salaries are associated with leadership positions, with managers and executives typically making the most. However, the ranking offers a surprisingly diverse array of jobs, ranging from actuaries to lawyers to art directors. Keep in mind that jobs can belong in a number of different industries and may only be tangentially related to the financial sector.
Note: When available, job descriptions were included and sourced (with minor edits) from the BLS. The nine sub-sectors include: federal and central banking, investment pools and funds, financial investments, credit intermediation, depository credit intermediation, non-depository credit intermediation, securities and commodity exchanges, securities and commodity intermediation, and funds and trusts.