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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a futures trader. For example, did you know that they make an average of $52.6 an hour? That's $109,416 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 4% and produce 18,500 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Futures Trader Do

There are certain skills that many futures traders have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed analytical skills, customer-service skills and detail oriented.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a futures trader, we found that a lot of resumes listed 9.4% of futures traders included technical analysis, while 8.3% of resumes included futures markets, and 8.1% of resumes included financial markets. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the futures trader job title. But what industry to start with? Most futures traders actually find jobs in the finance and professional industries.

How To Become a Futures Trader

If you're interested in becoming a futures trader, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 63.6% of futures traders have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 26.7% of futures traders have master's degrees. Even though most futures traders have a college degree, it's impossible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a futures trader. When we researched the most common majors for a futures trader, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on futures trader resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a futures trader. In fact, many futures trader jobs require experience in a role such as trader. Meanwhile, many futures traders also have previous career experience in roles such as clerk or equity trader.

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Average Salary
$109,416
Average Salary
Job Growth Rate
4%
Job Growth Rate
Job Openings
231
Job Openings

Futures Trader Career Paths

Top Careers Before Futures Trader

Trader
13.5 %
Clerk
10.5 %

Top Careers After Futures Trader

Trader
17.5 %

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Average Salary for a Futures Trader

Futures Traders in America make an average salary of $109,416 per year or $53 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $186,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $64,000 per year.
Average Salary
$109,416

Best Paying Cities

City
ascdesc
Average Salarydesc
New York, NY
Salary Range83k - 169k$119k$119,035
Chicago, IL
Salary Range61k - 133k$90k$90,361
Pasadena, CA
Salary Range61k - 127k$88k$88,304
$61k
$169k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyascdescCompanyascdescStart DateascdescSalaryascdesc
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Futures Trader .03)
Eldorado Trading Group LLC
Eldorado Trading Group LLC
03/17/2017
03/17/2017
$40,00003/17/2017
$40,000
Global Futures Trader
Global Futures Trader
First Quadrant, L.P.
First Quadrant, L.P.
01/13/2017
01/13/2017
$135,55401/13/2017
$135,554
Futures Trader
Futures Trader
Altius Futures PTY Limited
Altius Futures PTY Limited
05/24/2016
05/24/2016
$250,00005/24/2016
$250,000
Futures Trader
Futures Trader
Tradelink LLC
Tradelink LLC
04/03/2016
04/03/2016
$60,00004/03/2016
$60,000
Futures Trader
Futures Trader
Tradelink LLC
Tradelink LLC
03/03/2016
03/03/2016
$60,00003/03/2016
$60,000
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Futures Trader Demographics

Gender

male

84.9 %

female

8.6 %

unknown

6.5 %

Ethnicity

White

69.6 %

Hispanic or Latino

11.4 %

Asian

11.4 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

23.5 %

Spanish

14.7 %

Chinese

11.8 %
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Futures Trader Education

Majors

Finance
35.9 %
Business
19.7 %
Economics
11.2 %

Degrees

Bachelors

63.6 %

Masters

26.7 %

Associate

3.5 %

Top Colleges for Futures Traders

1. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

2. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

3. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

4. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

5. Villanova University

Villanova, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,308
Enrollment
6,819

6. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

7. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

8. Boston University

Boston, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,948
Enrollment
17,238

9. SUNY Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,625
Enrollment
17,407

10. New York University

New York, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339
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Top Skills For a Futures Trader

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 9.4% of futures traders listed technical analysis on their resume, but soft skills such as analytical skills and customer-service skills are important as well.

  • Technical Analysis, 9.4%
  • Futures Markets, 8.3%
  • Financial Markets, 8.1%
  • Risk Management, 7.9%
  • Futures Contracts, 6.6%
  • Other Skills, 59.7%
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Best States For a Futures Trader

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a futures trader. The best states for people in this position are Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, and New Hampshire. Futures traders make the most in Connecticut with an average salary of $125,961. Whereas in Rhode Island and Delaware, they would average $125,523 and $120,520, respectively. While futures traders would only make an average of $119,272 in New Hampshire, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Rhode Island

Total Futures Trader Jobs:
2
Highest 10% Earn:
$215,000
Location Quotient:
1.34
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Connecticut

Total Futures Trader Jobs:
9
Highest 10% Earn:
$216,000
Location Quotient:
2.2
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Nevada

Total Futures Trader Jobs:
5
Highest 10% Earn:
$207,000
Location Quotient:
1.94
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Futures Trader Employers

1. CME Group
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$55,993
Futures Traders Hired: 
5+
2. DRW
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$135,028
Futures Traders Hired: 
3+
3. SP Plus
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$68,528
Futures Traders Hired: 
2+
4. G2 Crowd
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$147,119
Futures Traders Hired: 
2+
5. General Electric
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$107,175
Futures Traders Hired: 
1+
6. LHB
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$119,793
Futures Traders Hired: 
1+
Updated October 2, 2020