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Wall Street bonus average slips amid economic challenges



Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, recently disclosed a 2% drop in the average Wall Street bonus, which fell to $176,500 this past year due to underperforming Wall Street earnings and a lackluster Mergers and Acquisitions climate.

Despite this decline, the total bonus pool remained robust at $31.7 billion.

As DiNapoli explained, the primary cause of this reduction was a challenging market environment exacerbated by the global pandemic.

This decrease was further influenced by a rise in employment in the securities industry and a more cautious approach to payouts amid uncertain economic conditions.

Nevertheless, the average Wall Street bonus remains considerably more significant than the median US household income, at approximately 2.5 times the median gross earnings.

These bonuses constitute a significant part of the state and city’s tax revenues, emphasizing their critical role in their respective fiscal infrastructures.

Any decrease in Wall Street bonuses will impact the economy considerably.

The securities industry in NYC saw employment numbers rise from 191,600 the previous year to 198,500 in 2022, signifying its dynamism and resilience amidst economic uncertainties.

This industry also contributed an estimated $6 billion to the city’s revenue, strengthened its financial position, and supported its diversified workforce.

Despite forecasts of a slight reduction in bonus allocations for 2023, the overall financial growth remains positive due to increased tourism revenue, active property investments, improved employment rates, and emerging opportunities in the digital economy.

This growth is anticipated to help offset the minor shortfall in bonus allocation.

Wall Street employees play a critical role in the local economy, not just through taxes but also by supporting local businesses through daily transactions that significantly inject money into the economy and help nurture a vibrant city culture.

DiNapoli highlighted the need for the economy to diversify beyond Wall Street towards sectors such as technology, healthcare, green energy, and manufacturing for a sustainable recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

He recommends regulatory changes to foster an environment conducive to business growth. This could generate more employment opportunities citywide and, in turn, lead to a more resilient New York economy.

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