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Wall Street bonuses down nearly 17% in 2018

Overall pool also declined, 14.3% to $27.5 billion.

The average Wall Street bonus was down 16.6 percent in 2018 to $153,700, according to estimates released by the New York State comptroller. The overall bonus pool was down 14.3 percent to $27.5 billion. Here are the figures, not adjusted for inflation, going back to 1989.

Average bonus

Size of the bonus pool

Details on the bonuses

(And you can read more about the bonuses here.)

YearPool, in billionsPool changeAvg. BonusBonus change
1989$1.9-6%$13,3000%
1990$2.110.5%$15,50016.5%
1991$4.195.2%$31,100100.6%
1992$4.919.5%$36,20016.4%
1993$5.818.4%$39,7009.7%
1994$4.9-15.5%$32,200-18.9%
1995$6.226.5%$41,40028.6%
1996$9.858.1%$63,90054.3%
1997$11.214.3%$67,8006.1%
1998$9.1-18.8%$53,000-21.8%
1999$13.548.4%$75,00041.5%
2000$19.544.4%$100,50034.0%
2001$13.0-33.3%$74,100-26.3%
2002$9.8-24.6%$60,900-17.8%
2003$15.861.2%$99,90064.0%
2004$18.617.7%$113,50013.6%
2005$25.637.6%$149,80032.0%
2006$34.334.0%$191,40027.8%
2007$33.0-3.8%$177,800-7.1%
2008$17.6-46.7%$100,900-43.3%
2009$22.527.8%$140,60039.3%
2010$22.81.3%$139,000-1.1%
2011$18.5-18.9%$111,400-19.9%
2012$23.225.4%$142,90028.3%
2013$27.619.0%$169,80018.8%
2014$26.7-3.3%$160,300-5.6%
2015$23.4-12.4%$136,800-14.7%
2016$26.814.5%$156,80014.6%
2017$32.119.8%$184,40017.6%
2018$27.5-14.3%$153,700-16.6%

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