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Which banks paid the biggest bonuses in 2015?

NOTE: if using the data below, it is essential that you refer to as ‘salary benchmarking site’ and use hyperlinks to has analysed 2015 salary data from 189 Front office Directors working in London Investment Banks.

  • America leads: Once again, American banks head the bonus charts with Goldman Sachs paying bonuses up to Â£50,000 above leading European banks
  • But don't just look at bonuses figures : While Goldman Sachs paid the largest bonuses, JP Morgan are the most generous when it comes to overall compensation (base salary + bonus) 
  • Top bonuses usually come with top salaries : in most cases, banks that give the biggest bonuses are also the ones offering best salaries to their bankers. 

Top banks by bonus

Alice Leguay from said 'Continuing a trend established in the last few years, we expect to see base salaries shoot up in order to circumvent bonus cap regulations, especially at Director and MD level where employees expect to see their total comp increase substantially from previous titles.' – an overview was launched in 2012 as the only real-time bonus & salary benchmarking site dedicated to finance and other professional services industries. With over 52,000 contributions from individuals at over 18,500 institutions the service has become the leading provider of validated real-time remuneration data. crowdsources salary and bonus data directly from individual professionals who contribute anonymously. In return, contributors receive free access to aggregated market results broken down by title, location and sector.  Emolument’s mission is to provide greater transparency about what professionals really earn to help them make more informed career decisions.
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