When it comes to compensation, it looks as if 2013 is going to be remembered as a pretty good year to have worked on Wall Street, unless you are a fixed-income trader.

Financial advisers, asset managers and underwriting investment bankers can expect their 2013 bonuses to rise as much as 15 percent, according to a closely watched compensation survey to be released on Thursday. Over all, Wall Street employees can expect year-end bonuses to grow 5 to 10 percent on average, the second consecutive year of increases, according to the survey, produced by Johnson Associates.

Bonuses for bond traders, who had a terrible year because of interest rate instability, could drop by just as much or more….“What’s interesting is, for decades almost every year the big Wall Street firms were the highest-paid firms in financial services,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates. Now, however, the big asset managers are “on par” with what those big firms are making, he said.

Johnson Associates, based in New York, surveyed eight of the country’s largest investment and commercial banks, 10 of the largest asset-management firms and public data.

The New York Times / November 7, 2013