We offer unrivaled expertise in strategic compensation solutions along with a high-touch, client-first, approach to doing business.

Compensation Consulting for the Financial Sector

We are a specialized, independent compensation consulting firm that focuses on providing strategic advice and design (almost exclusively) for financial services firms. Johnson Associates helps senior management and corporate boards with their most complex and sensitive business challenges related to compensation. Privately owned and founded over 25 years ago, we have been a trusted partner across market cycles to a stellar client roster. We have long-standing relationships with firms which include the largest multi-national financial companies, traditional and alternative asset management firms, private equity, boutiques, FinTech and start-ups.


Independent Thinking. Actionable Advice.

Our Firm has a reputation for providing independent thinking, actionable advice and valuable insights, with a strong focus on candor and sound judgment. We are truth-tellers, providing important insights with direct and objective feedback. Along with the full range of compensation services, we specialize in complex situations and difficult decisions, including at the management and board level. We work to align compensation strategy with our clients’ most important goals.



Custom and Nuanced Compensation Solutions

We know that the compensation programs of companies in the financial sector are inherently different and more complex than most industries. We apply our astute knowledge of data analytics, market trends, corporate governance best practices and organizational culture to create custom-designed compensation programs that drive business goals, retain valued executives, motivate employees and attract new talent.  But what truly sets us apart is our candor, proprietary processes and 25+ years of experience understanding the nuances that can make all the difference between failure and success.

  Board of Director Compensation

  Compensation Committee Advice

  Executive Compensation Design & Feedback

  Regulatory Trends & Issues

  Say on Pay / Shareholder Advisory

  Emerging Market Trends & Analysis

  IPO / Unit Sale / Acquisition Issues

  Stock Option Valuation

  Detailed Program Assessments

  Annual Incentive Design

  Incentive Funding Rates

  Partnership Plans

  Custom Analytics

  Compensation Mix (Base Salary / Incentive / Long-term)

  Market Benchmarking

  Peer Group Analysis

  Performance Metrics

  Employment Contracts

  Sales Incentive Design & Review

  Compensation Philosophy

  Long-term Incentive Design

  Equity Positions

  Performance-based Plans

  Deferral Programs

  Carried Interest Plans

  Succession Planning

  Year-End Review

Johnson Associates In The Press

Money Managers See Higher Bonuses This Year but Are Bracing for Job Cuts in 2019

Business Insider

Big Banks Are Moving Regulators Out of New York City

New York Post

The Price of a Bad Year for Money Managers: Fewer Jobs, Less Pay in 2019

The Wall Street Journal

Reports & Presentations

2018 Financial Services Compensation

Higher Compensation in a Complicated Environment

3rd Quarter 2018

Compensation Trends and Projections

2nd Quarter 2018

Compensation Trends and Projections


We believe human capital is a valuable asset that provides competitive advantage. We look for candidates at all levels who value client service and focus on quality timely delivery as their top priority.

College candidates should have the following qualifications:

  Strong academic backgrounds

  Outstanding analytical skills

  Strong team orientation

  Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines

  Experience adapting to dynamic situations


We would love to hear from you

We work with clients globally.

Johnson Associates, Inc.
19 West 44th Street, Suite 511
New York, NY 10036
United States

E-mail: info@jaiconsulting.com