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Why CFP® Certification

Salary & Compensation

Financial planners are in high demand. In today's economy, people are increasingly partnering with financial planners to ensure a confident financial future.

By achieving the CFP® certification, you can propel your career to the next level by better serving your clients and unlocking additional earning potential.

Earn more with CFP® certification

CFP® certification is an investment in your career that will impact your income for years to come.
1–8 years

The average income for a CFP® professional with less than 9 years of experience.1

9–14 years

The average income for a CFP® professional with 9-14 years of experience.1

15+ Years

The average income for a CFP® professional with over 15 years of experience.1

Start your journey as a CFP® Professional

Join the ranks of nearly 100,000 CFP® professionals who are enjoying the rewards that come with getting certified. Create your free account to access valuable resources and track you progress.

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How are financial planners compensated?

Two of the compensation methods for financial planners are salaries and payouts.

  • Some companies compensate their financial planners as salaried employees.
  • Other companies compensate their financial planners based on a percentage of the revenue they generate. This payout method rewards productivity and business development success.
  • For new advisors, most companies offer some period of time where compensation is guaranteed through salaries.2
U.S. News & World Report

Financial advisors are among the top jobs for 2023, ranked #6 in Best Business Jobs and #21 in Best Jobs.³

My career would not be where it is without the CFP® [certification]... because it instills so much trust in the relationships I have with my clients and even my colleagues trust me more."
Justin Sullivan
CFP® Professional


Anyone can call themselves a financial advisor. Only those who have met CFP Board's high standards for certification can call themselves a CFP® professional.

Anyone can call themselves a financial advisor Meets requirements established by CFP Board
May not have committed to act as a fiduciary Committed to CFP Board to fiduciary duty to act in clients’ best interests
72% client satisfaction 87% client satisfaction
Lower compensation on average Earns 12% more than other financial planners ⁴


  1. AITE, “Transitioning from Financial Planning: The Benefits of CFP® Certification
  2. CFP Board, Guide to Careers in Financial Planning
  3. U.S. News & World Report, “What is a financial advisor?
  4. College for Financial Planning®, a Kaplan Company’s 2019 survey of 758 financial planners

Start your journey to CFP® Certification

  • Track your progress with the CFP® Certification Tracker
  • Post your resume at the Career Center
  • Connect with a mentor who can guide you
  • Register and prepare for the exam
  • Find career and financial support
  • Connect with other candidates at our online forum